Getting Kiwi Kids Moving with Get Set Go

28 October 2011

While New Zealand basks in Rugby World Cup glory, some Kiwi kids can’t even throw a ball.

The Get Set Go programmeOpens in a new window. targeting over 200,000 primary school aged children around the country has been launched today to teach kids fundamental movement skills such as catching, throwing and running.

Get Set Go has been designed by Athletics New Zealand and supported by New Zealand Post’s Active Post initiative. It will be rolled out in 825 primary schools over the next two years.

Athletics New Zealand CEO Scott Newman says Get Set Go is needed more than ever with research showing young kiwi kids aren’t mastering fundamental movement skills.

“We take being able to catch, throw, run and have good balance for granted. Changing lifestyles including using technology for entertainment rather than active playing means many of our kids are lacking those skills.

“Get Set Go will help teachers, children and their families learn and participate in fun activities that will give kids confidence and help get them active,” Mr Newman said.

Scott Newman said Get Set Go would be rolled out initially in Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Tasman and Otago, and then more widely around the country.

New Zealand Post CEO Brian Roche said is delighted Get Set Go can be supported with $240,000 funding over two years through the Active Post initiative.

“New Zealanders enjoying the outdoors and playing sport are important to our communities. That starts from an early age and Get Set Go is an excellent approach to getting our kids onto a lifetime path of getting out there and having a go,” Mr Roche said.