Three people in wheelchairs, playing the game of Boccia

One of three projects within the PNZ Strengthen and Adapt Plan, “Collectively Stronger Together” aims to drive national and regional collaboration to achieve organisational role clarity, strategic alignment, and capitalise on shared expertise to improve operating approaches and deliver on shared initiatives that strengthen, align and enhance community Para sport outcomes across New Zealand.

What will be delivered?

This project has three components designed to better understand the Para sport landscape and increase collaboration and regional alignment:

  1. Mapping the landscape
  2. Regional Para sport pilots
  3. Strategic partnership and shared initiatives.

Mapping the Para sport landscape

  • The Para Sport Community Manager will build sector relationships while mapping the Para sport landscape. 
  • The primary focus of this role will be to engage with Parafed or similar organisations and other community partners and champions. 
  • Further to this, the role will engage with other national disability organisations, Parafed or similar organisations, NSOs and RSTs to capture details of the Para sport programmes and opportunities delivered by organisations for disabled New Zealanders of all ages. 

Regional Para sport pilots

  • PNZ will collaboratively stage regional community Para sport pilots across 3 regions and 3 Para sports in 2023, 2024 and 2025. The pilots will provide investment into NSOs and Parafeds or similar organisations to collaboratively develop untapped regional community Para sport opportunities whilst also enhancing existing opportunities.
  • The Para Sport Community Manager will support all three pilots working alongside regional partners, NSOs/RSOs, NDSOs to co-design the pilots ensuring operational expertise in place to support each pilot partner. The three pilots to strengthen the regional delivery system for Para sport will be consecutively implemented, one per year, to allow learnings to be transferred from one pilot to another to capitalise on improvement opportunities 
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the pilots will take place throughout and a framework outlining best practice will be used to assist the co-design and development of future community Para sport partnerships and programmes.
  • A regional community Para sport pilot will take place with Boccia New Zealand beginning in 2022.
  • PNZ is seeking to work with one National Sports Organisation (NSO) that is more established in Para sport and another NSO that is less established in Para sport delivery. Due to a high level of interest, PNZ has commenced an application process open to all NSO members to apply to partner in the delivery of a regional community Para sport pilot. PNZ is therefore seeking to work with two NSOs and their RSOs/clubs. Applications close 7 December 2022.

Building strategic partnership and areas of alignment between PNZ and Parafed organisations

  • This is seen as integral to the success of this project. Working to co-design a shared vision and develop strategic alignments is a key component to achieving a stronger Para sport system. Service level agreements, and regular workshops will underpin the outcome – Collectively Stronger Together. 
  • Facilitate PNZ and Parafed or similar organisations shared visioning and strategic priority alignment workshop. 
  • Co-design of shared community Para sport initiatives and development of service level agreements. 
  • Shared implementation, measurement and evaluation of agreed community Para sport initiatives. 
  • Facilitate PNZ and Parafed or similar organisations workshop to co-evaluate progress, further develop trusted relationships, and review strategic priorities. 

What has been achieved so far?

September 2022

  • 12 Parafed or similar organisations consulted
  • Mapping of the community Para sport landscape complete
  • Inaugural PNZ Community Para Sport Workshop confirmed for November 2022.

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