Community Sport Good Practice Case studies Research Series

This series page contains a wide range of community sport and recreation good practice case studies that have been produced over the years as part of Sport New Zealand/SPARC Active Communities Investment (ACI) funding, and other initiatives.

When you click on a case study title the case studies are either presented as a brief summary document, and may include a  direct link to a more detailed PDF case study document, or a website containing the case study, and in some cases include video.

The case studies are presented under the following broad categories:

Strong Organisations:


Squash IT: Offering a wide range of integrated modules that encourage participation, improve game result entry and live gradings, simplify ministration, and enable online court booking, pay and play.


East Hamilton Sports Hub Case Study (ACI): The focus of this case study is to look at the processes taken to work towards developing a Sports Hub concept in the East of Hamilton, highlight progress made to date, the challenges faced, the key goals / milestones which will be the focus for the coming months.

Sport Hawke’s Bay’s model for ensuring strong engagement with Maori


Sport Northland board structure and strong culture encourages RSO involvement: Sport Northland has built an excellent way to engage with, and respond to, over 45 Northland RSOs on an on-going basis.


Mairangi Bay Bowling Club Amalgamation: This case study looks at the amalgamation of the Mairangi Bay Women’s and Men’s Bowling Clubs, which then enabled a re-development to create a new, beach volleyball facility for the North Harbour Volleyball Association. Council took an active role in supporting both of these initiatives.

Venture Southland targets on-going viability for Southland’s community pools

Sportvilles: Hutt City produced a useful resource on how to set up a Sportville based on the Hutt City experience.


The Amalgamation of Two Clubs A great case study of the challenges that the Boulcott Golf Club and the Hutt Golf Club faced in amalgamating, and the solutions that brought them together.

Wellington Ocean Sports (ACI)  Wellington Ocean Sports Project Manager Matt Wood takes up the story in this case study.

Connecting with Diversity toolkit: (includes video feature). The toolkit, has been developed to provide sport organisations and facility managers with information, tools and support to engage with diverse communities.

Club amalgamation research: Christchurch City Council report

Young People:

Wriggle & Rhyme Active Movement for Early Learning is unique—there’s no evidence of a comparable programme anywhere in the world. Every week, Wriggle & Rhyme sees hundreds of Auckland parents/caregivers bringing their babies and toddlers into the region’s libraries, to share in active movement experiences, set to music and rhymes. Libraries, Councils, and Regional Sports Trusts (RSTs) work together to make it all happen.

8M8S: A fun way for teens to start participating in Sport.


City On Its Feet programme (ACI): Tauranga’s ‘City On Its Feet’ (COIF) programme is aimed at getting people walking more often. The project, launched in October 2005, helps co-ordinate new and existing local walking groups and events, and provides support for all participants.


Te Arawa Pride: strengthening wellness and Te Arawatanga through sport and traditional activity: Te Arawa Pride—including the Hapū Challenges and Games—establishes a platform to bring people together and meaningfully celebrate Te Arawatanga. It’s a holistic and uniquely Māori approach to the promotion of wellbeing and health.




September 15, 2014


Last Modified

June 17, 2015

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