Help tamariki discover career pathways in sport
The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ is coming to Aotearoa for the first time in 2023, bringing the world’s top football players to our shores and giving us a front-row seat to the action.
This is a great opportunity to show students all the exciting careers in sport beyond being a professional athlete through Inspiring the Future events.
If you work in sport – whether it’s a paid or unpaid role – we’d love you to volunteer as an Inspiring the Future role model. You’ll be invited to in-person or online events where you join a panel of people who work in sport. You’ll talk about your job, why you love it and how you got there.
If you work at a school – register your interest to host a sports-themed Inspiring the Future event for your students. We’ll be in touch soon with more information and other opportunities to inspire your students during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.
We’re also running a webinar Thursday 1 June for teachers to learn how to host Inspiring the Future events in the lead up to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.
Why is it important for tamariki to learn about the mahi in sport?
Our Drawing the Future research (2019) discovered that 18 percent of tamariki aged 7 to 13 aspire to be a professional sportsperson as their future job. This is the most popular job by a long way – the next most popular job is vet at 6%.
Clearly our tamariki are interested in sport, but they don’t know about all the other ways they can be involved in sport when they’re older, both paid and unpaid.
A “career” includes all the mahi a person does in their life. That includes volunteer roles. In Aotearoa New Zealand, most of the sporting industry is propped up by volunteers. It’s estimated that some 500,000 do unpaid work for sport, around ten times the number of paid workers.
It’s important to show young people that all of the mahi a person does contributes to their own well-being, their skills and the community.