Connections Conference

Athletics New Zealand Connections Conference

Each year Athletics New Zealand holds a conference specifically for clubs. The conference is titled Connections Conference, referring to the need for connections to be made between Athletics NZ and 170 Member Clubs and between clubs themselves.

The 2021 Athletics NZ Connections Conference (formerly known as Club Connect), which had been due to take on the same day as the AGM in Hamilton will now be run as a series of webinars.

The conference to ‘connect, learn and enable’ is an opportunity for clubs, centres, partners/stakeholders and Athletics New Zealand staff to connect annually, share best practice and apply the learnings to their athletics communities. 

The theme of the conference is ‘Great Experiences in Athletics’ and an impressive range of panellists are being gathered to lead some important conversations. Key topics for discussion include:

  • Distance Running – ‘Providing great experiences for the distance running community’

Facilitated by Athletics NZ Community Manager Hamish Meacheam, this forum will explore what our members are doing to grow participation in distance running in their clubs.

To watch the full webinar go here

  • Inclusion & Diversity – ‘How do we attract and retain more people in our sport?’

Facilitated by Stuart Savage, Athletics NZ Club Development Lead, this panel will explore how to encourage new members and retain our current ones by sharing good examples of inclusion and diversity in athletics clubs and our communities.

To watch the full webinar go here

  • The Teenage Question – ‘How do we retain more teenagers in the sport?’

Facilitated by Athletics NZ Young People’s Lead Fiona Maisey, we will engage with our panel of experts to explore the key issues around teenage dropout and focus on solutions for retention of youth in our sport.

To watch the full webinar go here

  • Officials – – ‘Effective recruitment and retention of officials in Athletics’ 

Facilitated by Trevor Spittle, Athletics NZ Officials Development Manager, this panel will discuss the wide range of people involved in officiating, the various ways to become involved, while sharing case studies and stories.