Hundreds of Students ‘Have a Go’

Over 550 local primary school students were given a chance to try their hand at a variety of sports today during the annual Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival at Westpac Stadium.

Organised by Sport Wellington for the past thirteen years, the Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival aims to give school children in years 5 and 6 the opportunity to “have-a-go” at sports they might not generally experience.

The school children participated in 20 different sports throughout the day, giving them a chance to find sports they enjoy and want to play regularly either through school, KiwiSport programmes or sport clubs.

“The day is a fantastic opportunity for children from different schools to come together to take part in new sports and be active while having lots of fun” said organiser Paddy Simpson, Community Sport Advisor for Sport Wellington. The regional event has become so popular it has spawned satellite sports festivals in Lower Hutt and Wellington City, which has given more local schools greater opportunity to take part.

Providers from developing sports such as AFL, Korfball and Fencing will be delivering sessions to the children, along with Golf, GymSports and Futsal hoping to give the students a taste of something they may not have tried. Sport Wellington acknowledges Wellington Regional Stadium Trust for providing the prestigious grounds of Westpac Stadium for the day to ‘give back’ to the regional community.

“It’s great for these kids to get a taste of what playing in an elite venue is like. We hope many of the students find a sport they love and have an opportunity to continue to enjoy it within their local community” says Simpson.