With the summer weather lingering on, winter school sport will hopefully benefit from a good kick off across the country. Terms 2 and 3 are the biggest for school sport with the largest codes, Netball, Basketball, Rugby and Football all in full swing and culminating in over 30,000 students participating in Winter Tournament Week at the end of August.

There are a number of events and programmes, some of which are highlighted in this newsletter that principals, Sport Directors and Co-ordinators need to be aware of including;

  • NI School Sport Conference set for Rotorua in September 
  • Winter Tournament Week – over 70 events for your students – see School Sport NZ website for all the entry info and check out our accommodation partners,
  • FREE Drug Free Sport NZ Good Clean Sport School Tool Kit for your athletes, teams and classes – see article below,
  • Opening and closing dates for upcoming events article below

We look forward to working with you all over the next 2 terms to ensure your students and teams have a great school sport experience!

Award-winning clean sport education coming to a school near you – Drug Free Sport New Zealand launches Good Clean Sport School Toolkit

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) brings award-winning clean sport education into New Zealand schools with today’s launch of the Good Clean Sport School Toolkit. Available to all intermediate and secondary schools, it provides five comprehensive lesson plans addressing important issues such as sporting values and integrity; health and nutrition; and the dangers of supplements and performance enhancing drugs. The Toolkit empowers educators to start conversations early with rangatahi, inspiring positive self-management and heathy decision-making.

Chief Executive Nick Paterson said, “We want to work with schools to support their young athletes, and the Good Clean Sport School Toolkit enables us to reach these future stars and their coaches. This will prepare them to make positive decisions, uphold the integrity of their sports and become champions who continue the tradition of clean sport in New Zealand.”

The Toolkit has gained support from Mike Summerell, CEO of School Sports New Zealand: “It’s a fantastic resource and the Drug Free Sport New Zealand team can be very proud of what they’ve accomplished. We’re looking forward to working with them to make sure it lands in all the right places so we can bring comprehensive clean sport education into our schools.”

Mr Paterson emphasized the ways in which the learning design process recognises and centres the interests and motivations of young learners: “The student is at the heart of the Toolkit. It’s designed in ways we know will engage and excite them. In the very first lesson they hear from an established current or former Kiwi athlete, who breathes life into clean sport education through the stories they share. They then get hands-on with our augmented and virtual reality tech.”

The Toolkit brings together several elements of award-winning technology, built in collaboration with Sports Integrity Australia. Augmented reality (AR) enables students to ‘experience’ the health effects of commonly abused substances – an innovation that won the Best Use of Technology in Learning award at LearnX Live! 2020. Online learning module Clean Sport 101 took home the LearnX Live! award for Best Free eLearning Resource in the same year. There’s even a virtual reality (VR) experience that walks students through an athlete drug test, part of DFSNZ’s doping control process. 

This grab-and-go anti-doping education resources align with NZ’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum by incorporating Hauora, the Māori philosophy of wellbeing. Lesson 1 is delivered online or in-person by a trained DFSNZ athlete educator, while Lessons 2-5 can be delivered in-class by teachers or used as homework assignments.

The Good Clean Sport School Toolkit is available for free download by NZ intermediate and secondary school staff. If you have any questions about the Good Clean Sport School Toolkit or any other DFSNZ educational options, please contact the DFSNZ Education Team on 0800 DRUGFREE or email education@drugfreesport.org.nz

North Island Secondary School Sport Conference - 19th to 21st September 2021

Rotorua, Millennium Hotel

The North Island Secondary School Sport Conference will take place once again at the Millennium Hotel, Rotorua from Sunday 19th September to Tuesday 21st September 2021. Representing the premier professional development opportunity for school sport staff from across the country this is a must in your sports diaries. The Conference programme and registration form will be available in mid term 2 but for those looking to get a jump start on accommodation options the Millennium Hotel has once again provided us with competitive rates for conference delegates to take advantage of. Please follow the instructions below to book now:

Online booking directions

Go to - https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/rotorua/millennium-hotel-rotorua/           

Under “Book a Room” enter stay dates, number of guests then click on “Advanced Search” 

enter NISSC21 in the “Use a Group Code” field

Click “Book Now”

This will then show room types available to book and agreed discounted rates  

Proceed with booking 


It is with sadness that School Sport NZ acknowledges the passing of Steve “Coach” McKean. He will be missed by school communities including principals, sports staff and secondary students past and present for his immense contribution to Secondary School Sport in Taranaki.

Coach came to NZ as one of the first American imports to the NZ Basketball scene and had an immediate impact. By 1972 Coach had taken over the helm of the NZ Mens' Basketball team and cemented his place in BBNZ history as the first coach to win a series over Australia in 1978. 

Coach first started work for TSSSA in 1993 as the Taranaki Regional Sports Co-ordinator for secondary schools, and soon after in 1995 he took over the Regional Sports Director Role where he made his mark on secondary school sport across the region for twenty years.

Coach was instrumental in building the Taranaki Secondary Schools Sports Association Events Calendar from 11 events to 42, with a huge variety of sports available to students.

In 2006, Taranaki secondary school boys had the highest participation rate in sport in New Zealand and girls the third highest, driven mainly by Coach’s desire to see students put on their school colours. Coach was well known for hand delivering sports results to schools around the mountain every Monday, and relationships with schools were maintained the ‘old school way’ with numerous cups of coffee and phone calls.    

McKean was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2012 for services to sport, picked up a lifetime achievement gong at the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards in 2016 and was an inaugural inductee into Basketball New Zealand’s hall of fame.  

Coach McKean will be fondly remembered for his positivity, endless amounts of energy and will to motivate youth. He was once quoted as saying “I tell the kids that play sport at high school- these guys will be friends for life. “That’s what sport has meant to me- friendship.”   

A legend, mentor, and friend

You are missed already, rest in peace.