Sport for development in the Pacific

Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) Program

The $39 million Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP)program is Australia’s flagship sport for development program in the Pacific.

Through PSP, Australia supports activities to address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people living with disability.

The PSP is delivered through partnerships between the Australian Government and Australian, regional and Pacific Island sports organisations. The PSP currently supports thirteen sports across six countries (see Table 1). 

 

Table 1: Footprint of the PSP program in 2015-17 by sport and country.

table showing countries where PSP activities are supported: 2015-16

* NRL are not funded through the PSP program but are a significant and valued partner in Australia’s sport for development efforts in the Pacific.

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DFAT has engaged GHD Australia to manage the sport for development program 2018-22.


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NRL League Bilong Laif

League Bilong Laif is delivered by National Rugby League (NRL) Australia in Papua New Guinea (PNG), using rugby league to support development outcomes.

The program works with primary schools in four regions of PNG (National Capital District, East New Britain Province, Eastern Highlands Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville).

League Bilong Laif has three main objectives:

  1. Improve student engagement with education, in and out of the classroom, through positive social messages.
  2. Increase opportunities for women’s empowerment at all ages.
  3. Improve the organisational and management capacity of Rugby League in PNG.

Each term, the NRL’s development officers work with primary school teachers to deliver the five-session League Bilong Laif program, which includes on-field and in-classroom activities which are non-contact and non-competitive.

In the first half of 2017, the program engaged with 3,997 students and trained a total 132 teachers, including 92 women.

The program is managed through a three-way partnership between the Australian Government, the PNG Government (represented by the National Department of Education) and the NRL. Program partners include the Autonomous Bougainville Government Department of Education, the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), the University of PNG and the PNG National Sports Institute. The Australian Government has committed $2 million to support NRL over two years to 30 January 2020.

Pacific Sports Partnerships Innovation Fund 2017-18

$500,000 in small grants were awarded over 2017-18 to Australian sporting organisations to encourage partnerships, collaboration and activities in the Pacific that complement the PSP program.

The fund was designed to support innovation and foster collaboration and partnerships through sport in the Pacific. All current PSP partners at the time were invited to apply in November 2017. A total of 8 Innovation Fund grants were awarded (see Table 2). A further 5 projects were also funded (see Table 3).

Table 2: Organisations and activities supported though the Pacific Sports Partnerships Innovation Fund 2015-17
Organisation/s Sport/s Activity Focus country Funding provided
Partnerships and Collaboration
Badminton Australia/Badminton Oceania, Netball Australia and Swimming Australia/Oceania Swimming Badminton, Netball and Swimming Pacific Sports Media and Communications Training in partnership with ABC International Development Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu $80,478.27
Cricket Australia/International Cricket Council, Netball Australia, the International Table Tennis Federation –Oceania and the International Basketball Federation Cricket, Basketball, Netball, and Table Tennis Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program — increase leadership capability and confidence of women in sport Regional $102,831.73
Rugby Australia/World Rugby and UN Women Rugby Union Using Sport Partnerships to create favourable social norms, attitudes and behaviours at community and individual levels to prevent violence against women and girls. Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga $97,200.00
Swimming Australia/Oceania Swimming Association, Cricket Australia, Oceania Athletics Association, International Basketball Federation, International Table Tennis Federation, Gymnastics Australia and Hockey Australia Swimming, Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Hockey OSEP Online Governance Training Platform — assisting small organisations to lead and manage people and finances Regional $120,000.00
Individual
Badminton Australia/Badminton Oceania Badminton Partnerships for Change — using mainstreamed sport to change attitudes and test messaging around inclusiveness. Papua New Guinea $25,000.00
Oceania Athletics Association Athletics Moving Together - The project uses physical activity to increase physical and mental health of all people living in Nauru, including refugees, teaching a healthier life style for body and mind. Nauru $25,000.00
Rugby Australia/World Rugby Rugby Union Get Into Rugby Plus (GIR+) - pilot a Rugby-based grassroots program that contributes to creating social norms, attitudes and behaviours to end violence against women and girls. Fiji $25,000.00
Swimming Australia/Oceania Swimming Association Swimming Swimming 365 — Deliver and aqua aerobics program that will improve physical and mental health, as well as water safety skills Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu $24,490.00
TOTAL: $500,000.00
Table 3: Additional organisations and activities supported though the Pacific Sports Partnerships Innovation Fund 2017-18
Organisation/s Sport/s Activity Focus country Funding provided
Gymnastics Australia Gymnastics Building Leadership Capacity of Women in Sport in Samoa Workshop — to provide increased leadership opportunities for women in order to prevent gender based violence and increase participation in regular exercise to prevent NCDs Samoa $14,320
Hockey Australia/Oceania Hockey Federation Hockey Hockey 4 Life: Hitting 4 Health — Promote physical activity as a means of increasing well-being, confidence, friendships and new skills that can be used in careers or at home regardless of age or gender. Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu $25,000
International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Basketball Twilight Basketball — Engages idle youth who may not have access to organised sport and promotes healthy lifestyles through physical activity Solomon Islands $25,000
Table Tennis Australia/Oceania Table Tennis Federation Table Tennis Table Tennis 4 All — aims to change attitudes toward children with disabilities enrolled in mainstream schools whilst also addressing gender inequalities experienced by women and girls. Tonga $25,000
Tennis Australia Tennis Tennis Hot Shots - The program will provide women in villages with an engaging participation experience and transition females to be confident leaders in their communities. Fiji $25,000
TOTAL: $114,320.00

Pacific Sports Partnerships Innovation Fund 2015-17

Just under $1 million in small grants were awarded over 2015-17 to Australian sporting organisations to encourage partnerships and activities in the Pacific that complement the PSP program.

The fund was designed to support innovation and foster new partnerships through sport in the Pacific. All Australian National Sporting Organisations and National Disability Sporting Organisations were invited to apply on 1 December 2015. Twelve Innovation Fund grants were awarded (see Table 4).

Table 4: Organisations and activities supported though the Pacific Sports Partnerships Innovation Fund 2015-17
Organisation/s Sport/s Activity Focus country Funding provided
Australian Rugby League Commission Rugby League Education and gender equality evaluation; PNGRFL coaching capacity curriculum; and gender equality and domestic violence awareness campaign Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga $73,180
Australian Rugby Union Rugby Union Community Heroes — physical activity amongst girls and women; vocational skills; female leaders; holistic partnerships Fiji $67,000
Badminton Australia/Badminton Oceania/ Netball Australia/ Cricket Australia/International Cricket Council Badminton, Netball, Cricket, Football and Rugby League Pacific Sports Media and Communications Training in partnership with ABC International Development Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji $97,704
Cricket Australia/ Netball Australia Cricket, Netball, Basketball and Rugby League Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program — increase leadership capability and confidence of women in sport Papua New Guinea and Pacific Regional $123,700
FIBA in Oceania Basketball Pacific Youth Leaders Basketball Camp — life skills, non-communicable diseases awareness and inclusion Pacific regional $79,843
Football Federation Australia Football Advancing Local Knowledge Through Community-Based Monitoring and Evaluation — a pilot study Fiji and Vanuatu $71,000
Gymnastics Australia Gymnastics AeroGym Fiji — non-communicable diseases, women and children, disability inclusion, through movement and dance Fiji $50,000
Hockey Australia Hockey Pacific Hockey Program — active and healthy lifestyles, gender equality, social inclusion through new Hockey 5s format Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu $50,000
Netball Australia Netball SamoaNet and Kau Mai Tonga Netipolo programs to support health and education outcomes Samoa and Tonga $75,000
Oceania Athletics Association Athletics Athletics for the Future — healthy living and disability inclusion for remote atoll communities Nauru, Kiribati $50,000
Table Tennis Australia, Oceania Badminton and Oceania Paralympic Committee Table Tennis and Badminton Research project — can sports change attitudes towards children with disabilities? Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga $150,000
Tennis Australia Tennis Tennis Hot Shots in Fiji — adapting Tennis Australia's learn through play program to increase physical activity of girls and their families in Fiji Fiji $49,000

Pacific sport for development programs which have concluded

Pacific Sport Development Grants ($1.2m over 5 years) — Concluded 30 June 2014: grants of up to AUD $10,000 provided for targeted small-medium sized community sport projects that help contribute to social development outcomes.

ASOP Country Programs ($13m over 5 years) — Concluded 30 June 2015: delivered by government and civil society partners in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. Activities focused on using sport to enhance the lives of people with disability and promote healthy behaviours amongst target populations.

ASOP Country Programs were hugely successful in many country settings, with many ASOP-funded programs being absorbed into partner-government ministries as ongoing activities upon conclusion of Australian funding.

Further information on sport for development programs and achievements can be found at the Clearinghouse for Sport website.

Last Updated: 7 November 2018