Wellington City Council Individual Athlete Development Programm

February 16, 2024

If you are Y11 – 13 and looking for some extra support to reach your sporting goals in 2024 and beyond, then it would be worth putting an application in to the 2024 Wellington City Council Athlete Development Programme which runs from March until September. This free programme offers you the opportunity to be part of group of like-minded athletes who will learn about:

  • Mental Skills
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength & Conditioning (as required).

As part of this programme, you will complete an Individual Performance Plan (IPP) for 2024 and beyond with Raise My Game.

These sessions take place on a Monday night from 5 – 6.30pm at the NZIS Wellington Railway Station Campus. Facilitators include:

Flow State

Performance Pantry

E Tū Tāngata

Sam Hannah

Raise My Game

Here is what one parent had to say about her son’s involvement in the 2023 programme:

“The programme was very helpful, and we did notice significant changes in our son. He adopted a far more positive attitude to his trainings and games and seemed to be able to get out of his ‘funk’ after disappointment a lot quicker.

He talked about and was trying to apply the information learned in the nutrition sessions and he took on board the work on his mental game. His confidence was boosted as an athlete, after a disappointing start to his season not being selected for the top squad at school.

He played some of his best Basketball this season and I know some of this was attributed to the work he did in this programme.

Being around other athletes was also a great boost for him, and I know he has enjoyed meeting and learning alongside these other inspiring rangatahi”.

Alissa, parent of WCC Athlete Development Programme attendee.


The basic criteria for athletes selected to be involved in the programme are:

  • Reside within the Wellington City Council boundary;
  • Be a member of, or affiliated to, a Wellington-based college, club or organisation, or represent Wellington at the date of this application.
  • Be in Year 11 – 13 (as of 1/1/2024)
  • Currently performing, or aspiring to play/compete for your school or club’s first team, and/or representative at a national or international level of competition.

Please note: Wellington City Council will accept applications from athletes outside of Wellington City, but priority will be given to those inside the boundaries. A maximum allowance of only 20% of successful athletes can reside outside the boundaries.


The great news is that, thanks to funding from Wellington City Council, this is all provided at no cost to the athlete!

How to apply?

Athletes can click here to complete the application form.


The deadline for individual applications is 23 February 2024.

Notification of application outcome

Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2024.

Further information

For further information, the 2024 programme brochure is attached. There is also the Nuku Ora website.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the programme manager, Graham Witts, grahamw@nukuora.org.nz


WCC-Athlete-Development-Programme-Booklet_v4   PDF, 1.5 MB