Waiuku original, Counties Manukau Steeler, and NZ Rugby legend Stephen Donald has been recruited to help promote sport and recreation messages across South Auckland and Counties Manukau.
Counties Manukau Sport (CMS) Chief Executive Russell Preston says they can’t wait for Stephen to be amongst all the wonderful children in the area.
“Stephen will be a great Ambassador and we are so pleased he has agreed to dedicate what little spare time he has available to come and work with us over the next few months, so don’t be surprised if he turns up at your school or community event with some of our staff,” Russell said.
Stephen Donald says he is very excited to be teaming up with CMS and helping out with the great work they do in the community. “It’s a diverse and awesome community that I’m very proud of and hopefully can give others the opportunities I had to get involved with sport,” he said.
Russell says CMS confirmed last week that Stephen would be available to help out once his arrangements with the Counties Manukau Steelers were finalised.
“Our plan is for him to support our flag-ship CMS ‘Primary Sport’ Programme, and attend small community events around the district,” Russell said.
The ‘Primary Sport’ programme is designed to engage primary school children with coaching in various sports during school time. Starting off with basic skill development, the children can try out their skills in a multi-sport Have-a-Go Day. Further coaching is offered, followed by school festivals, and inter-school competitions at the end of the year.
“We discovered very early on that if we didn’t go into schools with a set of coaches, equipment, and the know-how, then sport simply wouldn’t be an option for most those kids who struggle to get access to the basics,” said Russell Preston. “In an ideal world, teachers would be promoting and delivering sport in school, but there are so many demands on teachers and support staff now.”