At Ignite Sport Trust we like to hear how our programmes have impacted young people and communities.

On this page you can find references from organisations we’ve engaged with (schools and community organisations) either through our youth development or sports academy programmes.


If you’d like to learn more please contact Ignite Sport.


Wainuiomata Intermediate School

Ignite Sports offered us most timely support when we were thinking about alternative ways to engage a group of students with their learning and with school in general. The special programme they developed for our students taught them some core values while building their sporting skills. The students learned about respect, self-worth, goal setting to achieve their dreams, and taking responsibility for themselves and their actions – all geared to help them form more positive relationships with peers and adults and achieving success. They looked forward to their weekly two hour sessions with the Ignite Sports instructors and were buzzing on return from some of their trips away from school, such as when they visited Billy Graham’s gym in Naenae. Teachers reported a very positive change in some of their students, who appeared more confident, focused and motivated to learn. The students themselves told me they loved the opportunity to be involved with Ignite Sports and ‘learned heaps!’ We have many more students lining up to be chosen for the programme next term because of the positive experiences of the first group! Thank you Ignite Sports, for your wonderful work with our students! We appreciate your professionalism and your very obvious passion for the work you do. We look forward to continuing our association with you.

Pearl Murti, Principal Wainuiomata Intermediate School (Oct 2014)


Porirua College

“This year Ignite Sport has continued to successfully work with many of our students. One of the formats is the Year 9 choices programme.  This programme works to develop leadership and mentoring skills with prefects to enable them to support the transition of year 9 students in our college. ... It has been successful in developing strategies to deal with issues such as peer pressure and bullying that may impact on individual well-being and the ability to be healthy and positive students.

Yet another highly effective course being implemented is the Oho Ake programme for senior students.  This has been designed for ‘at risk’ students, mainly those with poor attendance and/or those failing to engage with the school and its curriculum...”   Susanne Jungersen, Principal, (June 2014).  Read full reference.


Porirua College

“As Head of Department at Porirua College my focus is on improving student achievement and engagement in school. The relationship with Ignite has assisted with this, as students have improved and maintained sound attendance in order to stay on the Ignite Sport programme and therefore are able to achieve in class. ...”  Helen Hardwick, Head of PE, Sport and Health (Nov 2013). Read full reference.


Hutt Valley High School

The Ignite Sport On Track programme has been a consistently inspiring and challenging course for our gifted, sporty Year 10 students over the years.  What impressed me most was the calibre of the Ignite leaders and their ability to not only challenge the students physically, but also to weave in the importance of the whole person. They managed to touch on a good number of character issues which, in my thinking, are critical to students in this day and age. ...” Gary Murphy, HOD Physical Education, HVHS (Nov 2013). Read full reference.


Naenae College

“We entered into a partnership with Ignite Sport in 2010. At that point our student participation rate in sports coordinated by College Sport Wellington was 39%. In 2011 it was 43%, 2012 49% and 2013 is 54%.  Ignite Sport introduced Ontrack Sports Academy in 2010 that focused on building leadership in sport. We have repeated this programme each year with our Year 10 students ....”  John Russell, Principal (Nov 2013). Read full reference.

Naenae Intermediate Venture Class

“The students benefitted from learning goal setting skills, what to aim for, how to problem solve and how to overcome obstacles, so they can focus on their dreams and never give up. ...” Moira Hooper, Venture Class 2013. Read full reference.


NZ Red Cross Services Refugee Services

‘The team were dedicated to providing a programme that would promote: positive connections, confidence and self development for refugee background youth. They worked hard to tailor the programme to meet the specific needs of these young people. ... The programme was a huge success with over 25 young people from a number of different culture backgrounds attending. ...” Lucy Anderson, Social Worker (Sept 2013). Read full reference.


Youth Court

“... I can certainly support the aim and general work of [Ignite Sport] Trust in its efforts to encourage sporting participation and build resilience amongst young people, particularly those from lower decile secondary schools.”  Principal Youth Court Judge A.J. Becroft (Nov 2013). Read full reference.


Porirua College students

“Honestly, Ignite Sport has changed my attitude toward sport and towards school. It has helped me in becoming a good leader and a better role model.”  Wayne La’ai, Porirua College, Deputy Head Boy 2013.  Read full comments from ‘Class of 2010-2013’.

Early in 2014 – following a four year journey with these 25 students – we asked a few for their comments.  On this video several students spoke of their growing leadership skills and how Ignite Sport’s encouragement had supported them through college.