Story: Children and sport

Saturday morning sport

This montage shows scenes from a range of games played in Nelson on one winter Saturday morning in 1970. Saturday morning children's sport is a cultural institution that most New Zealanders take part in as child players and then often as supporters of their own children. It is usually as much a social as a sporting event, with spectators both watching the game and conversing with others. In the early 2000s there was increased concern about sideline aggression, with some parents openly questioning refereeing decisions, leading in a few cases to violence. Sporting bodies had to remind spectators that such behaviour was unsporting.

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Nelson Provincial Museum
Reference: Nelson Photo News, 25 July 1970, pp. 58-59

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Ben Schrader, 'Children and sport - Growth of children’s sport, 1920 to 1969', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013