Army Sports

The importance of Sport to our Army cannot be overstated.

Sport develops the desire to win, a competitive edge, instils mental and physical will and the confidence to go out and play-hard.

The aspect of teamwork essential in sports, equates to military teamwork on operations. Both require good leaders, specialists in certain roles with the rest of the team all working to achieve the same aim.

For both sports and operations we need to be good winners and if we come second we must be gracious in defeat and use the experience to win the next encounter. 'Being the best' and reaching your potential is healthy in terms of mindset and motivation.

With competition comes dealing with victory and loss. In loss we need leadership and positive reflection to progress and move forward.

To push oneself through training, diet and skills regimes in order to achieve peak performance amongst the demands of the soldiering profession is not easy. In addition you must actually compete, for that is where you learn to make decisions under pressure and adapt when the plan isn't working or unforeseen events occur.

 

Role

The primary aim of sport in the New Zealand Army is, through encouraging maximum participation to assist Army personnel to achieve and to maintain the highest possible standard of physical fitness, and to promote:

  • The development of unit morale and esprit de corps in the Army
  • The development of teamwork, skills and dexterity relating directly or indirectly to Army tasks.

    Champions in sport help to motivate others through examples of grit, teamwork and discipline.

  • Camaraderie and understanding amongst Army personnel.
  • Development of Leadership qualities
  • The enhancement of the image of the NZ Army within the local and wider communities.
     

Official Army Sports

The Chief of Army has designated 13 approved sports for participation and competition at unit and NZ Army representative level. The 13 approved Army sports are:

  1. Cycling 
  2. Golf 
  3. Football
  4. Hockey 
  5. Netball
  6. Rugby
  7. Touch
  8. Basketball
  9. Rugby League
  10. Softball
  11. Volleyball
  12. Dragon Boating
  13. Cricket

This page was last reviewed on 14 February 2017 and is current.