February 2018




Hi Clubs!


Welcome to the first Club Chat for 2018. What a great summer of athletics it has been so far. The Athletics NZ Community team has been out and about for the last few months visiting regions and clubs, running workshops and events and generally getting amongst all things athletics. In this issue read about the new Run Jump Throw programme, a great kiwi sport project happening in Waikato, and an update around membership and registrations.

2017 was a full and exciting year at Athletics NZ and we are looking forward to another great year ahead.  We want to say a huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers out there in clubs and regions. You all do such an amazing job in delivering athletics to your communities. Keep up the awesome work … it is greatly appreciated.
Good luck to all those competing over the next few months we hope you have a blast!


Cat O'Sullivan

Athletics NZ Club Development Manager




Run Jump Throw – NEW!

It’s been a huge few months for Run Jump Throw.  In September 2017 Athletics New Zealand released the ‘new’ Run Jump Throw. Since then we have upskilled coach developers across the country, ran workshops with clubs and schools across the country and had our very first Run Jump Throw event with over 400 kids. Check out the video from the event
The philosophy behind both these programmes is to offer opportunities that are developmentally appropriate and to meet the needs of all children through games and activities.  We focus on a participant-focused approach and give clubs strategies and examples of delivering fun and enjoyable experiences in Athletics. 
We are excited to announce that in 2018 we will also be launching a new website full of Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw information and resources for schools and clubs.  Watch this space! 

Run Jump Throw Resources
Coaching Manual: $110 (club price)
This resource comprises of the main philosophies (or why) behind the Run Jump Throw approach, the technical skill progression for each athletics skill and some modified competition models (including Team Athletics, RJT Pentathlon and Cross Country).  
Activity Cards: $90 (club price)
This resource comprises of more than 65 games and activities designed to help implement a fun and engaging Run Jump Throw programme that meets the needs of all participants.  
Combo Deal (both Coaching Manual and Activity Cards): $150 (club price)
The combo deal also will include an access code to the online ‘Learning Hub’ when it is up and running at the start of 2018.    
Club Discount codes
We are offering all affiliated athletics clubs a significant discount on these resources.  Please use the codes below. In the online shop select your item, enter the discount code and press “Submit” (this is easy to miss) before “Continue to Check Out”. 
Coaching Manual CODE: RJTMANUAL
Activity Cards CODE: RJTCARDS
Combo Deal (both Coaching Manual and Activity Cards) CODE: RJTCOMBO

Buy Run Jump Throw Resources

Check out our Run Jump Throw video and feel free to share on your club facebook page.


Athletics NZ Member Benefits

The Athletics NZ Member Benefits Programme is a great way to incentivise people to join your club so please let all your members know via your websites, club newsletters and at club night or run. Clubs and Centres can use these discounts too! Check out all of the Member Benefit deals HERE or check out two featured offers below.



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Remember that Athletics New Zealand members receive a 15% discount on Hertz Rentals.
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Te Aroha Cluster Kiwisport project

The Te Aroha Cluster project started in April and ran through till December 2017. The project targeted five local Te Aroha Primary schools and the Te Aroha Athletics Club. Each school got the opportunity to participate in Athletics NZ’s Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw programmes. Delivery included a five week in school programme, teacher professional development, club training (linked to our Club Endorsement programme) and a six week afterschool club held at Te Aroha Athletics Club. Wendy from Elstow-Waihou School said “The most beneficial part of the programme for me as a teacher was gaining further knowledge and developing skills to enhance my PE Programme. As we were approaching athletics within our school, the skills delivered gave me ideas to support the learning of an age group that want to be competitive but at the same time want to be successful when taking part.”
Louise Young and Adelaide Roper delivered the after school club to 45 children between the ages of 5 – 7 years old. Well done to Te Aroha Athletics Club for getting on board and supporting the Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw programmes in your club.  


Online Registrations

We'd like to remind clubs that the Athletics NZ community will be moving to Online Registrations  on our ClubNet system from 1 April 2018. As such we will be offering a number of workshops to help clubs who are new to online registrations set up for the season, as well as webinars to refresh your knowledge prior to the start of the season. Click here to register. For further information and to read about other clubs experiences with online registrations, please see our ClubNet page  
Here are some of the benefits for clubs and members moving to online registrations club.


ClubNet Dates

There are a few key dates for club registrars and membership administrators to be aware of for the coming change of year. 
Feb/ March. Online registration set up workshops and webinars
28 February. ClubNet closes for the current season
- please have all current members registered on ClubNet before this date
1 March. 2018/19 Club Affiliation open
12 March. Pre-season registrations open for 2018/19 (more details to follow)
1 April. 2018/19 Winter season starts
There are also some new best practice guides available on the ClubNet page of our website- Members registration help, Event help and Shop help. 
As we move towards the end of the track and field season, it is recommended to do a spring clean of ClubNet, including your membership records. Merge any duplicate records and update any incorrect email address to help make the transition to online registrations as smooth as possible for your club and members.



Child Protection

Creating a safe environment for children should be at the forefront of everything that we do.  It is every club's responsibility to provide a safe and enjoyable place for children to participate in athletics.  Athletics NZ has Safe Sport for Children Guidelines that are well worth a read.  For those interested there is a series of podcasts created by an Australian organisation ‘Play by the Rules’ on Child Protection.  They are really helpful and well worth a listen.  Listen to the podcasts


Coach News

Have you “liked” the Athletics NZ Coaching Facebook page? We are frequently posting a range of articles, blogs and links relevant for coaches, parents and athletes. Join our community! 


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Sports Distributors

To show their commitment to athletics, Sports Distributors are offering all Athletics New Zealand members 15% OFF selected athletics gear! Simply insert the promo code: ATHNZ15  when you are checking out. 
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