Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Youth forum seeks views on barriers in sports

Youth forum seeks views on barriers in sports

What’s keeping our city’s ethnic youth out of high level sports?

This question is being addressed by a youth forum allied to the NZ Police’s Community Football Cup (NZCFC).

The Ethnic Youth Forum at Fendalton Community Centre on Friday will bring together youth players participating in the NZCFC for an information-gathering session aimed at identifying barriers to sporting participation. The forum is a direct outcome of the NZ Diversity Conference held annually by the Human Rights Commission.

The Christchurch City Council and NZ Police will then collate the information and work together on a document to help Canterbury sporting bodies identify changes that might result in more ethnic youth becoming members.

John Price, Acting District Commander for Canterbury District says: "Our ethnic youth in Christchurch love sport. You see them in our city’s parks and reserves having loads of fun - and they're world champions in the making. However, we know that it can be scary for them to connect with sporting groups as our structures, costs and language all unintentionally present barriers."

Police established the NZCFC event three years ago as a channel to positively interact with ethnic communities. The Youth Forum is another initiative in the programme to better understand the issues affecting youths in ethnic communities in New Zealand.

The support for and the need for interaction with ethnic communities is echoed by the Christchurch City Council, with Deputy Mayor Cr Ngaire Button saying the Council is keen to provide the physical environment and the right atmosphere for ethnic people to socialise and connect with the broader local community.

Migrants and ethnically diverse people feel a sense of belonging to a society, as well as improve their physical and mental health, through representation in sport and recreation, says Cr Button.

“As a city council that values diversity we have been providing services to eliminate those structural barriers that prevent some of our people from accessing those services, such as sport and recreational activity,” she says.

One good example is the area that is set apart in QEII Park which allows women of other ethnicities to enjoy our facilities without causing anxiety to them, she says.

Cr Button will officially open the Forum on Friday.

Feedback received from ethnic youth will be compiled in a report and presented to sporting bodies to help guide their future development of sport amongst ethnic communities. Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres will be the chief guest at the Ethnic Forum.

* Omar Slaimankhel from the Vodafone Junior Warriors will attend the Youth Conference. Omar has kindly agreed to speak and spend the day with the youth. He will also attend the New Zealand Communities Football Cup on Saturday. (See attached info on Omar)

Ethnic Youth Forum
Fendalton Community Centre
Clyde Road,
Friday 26 November 2010
10 am – 3 pm


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ability to pick winners. Others would have looked at the dying remnants of the old Act Party and written it off. Yet National needed an MMP partner and it saw the potential where no-one else did. And so it re-grew the Act Party in a petri dish in Epsom, and carefully nurtured it back to life... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Poll: Labour On 46%, National 31%, While Greens And ACT Both On 8%

Tonight's political poll puts Labour on 46 percent and National on 31 percent with just one day remaining until election day. More>>


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels