About the New Zealand Sports Academy (NZSA)

We are world-renowned for our excellent rugby training programmes.

New Zealand is well known around the world for its striking landscape, diverse environment and unique Maori culture but it is also renowned for its place in international rugby through its two teams, the All Blacks and the Maori All Blacks.

Maori people have always possessed a raw ability and natural exuberance for rugby – having produced some of the greatest rugby players, who became famous for their individual brilliance and flair.

These factors mean that there is no better place to play, learn and enjoy rugby than in New Zealand!

Our Mission Statement:

“To use sport as the vehicle to educate and to provide support, encouragement and guidance to all Rangatahi in their pursuit of personal development through Discipline and Hardwork.”

Where is the NZSA based?

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Founded in 1999, Head Office is based at a world class rugby coaching facility at Neil Hunt Park, Rotorua in the central North Island in New Zealand’s tourism capital.

The New Zealand Domestic Programme

Each year the NZSA identifies and recruits young rugby, rugby league and netball players (17-25yrs) from all over New Zealand who join the academy for 40 weeks, where they attend career-based courses and complete the NZSA Rugby/Rugby League/Netball Development Programme.

Our students also play in teams in the local rugby, rugby league competitions, participate in our international training camps and host, train and play with our international rugby players throughout the year.  In 2014 the NZSA netball team began the year in division two and under the guidance of Noeline Taurua went on to win the premier division of  the Harbourside Tournament in Tauranga.

The International Programme

NZSA provides professional rugby, rugby league tuition for overseas players and coaches (for both individuals and teams) who participate in tailored programmes that champion the principles of success and promote the flamboyance of Maori flair, through intensive rugby regimes conducted by world class coaches & trainers.

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“The coaching course offered by the academy provided me with an insight as to how rugby should be played and has equipped me with the tools to take the teams that I work with to new heights – from youngsters just starting their playing careers and needing to understand the basics to the seasoned campaigners in the Senior’s needing to be reminded of how simple the game should be played and why good techniques is so important. I learned so much in such a short time thanks to the excellent teaching styles of Jim and Darrel. Consequently, I would personally recommend a course at the academy both for coaches that have limited coaching experience as well for those with more extensive knowledge.”

Ted Chapman. Florida, USA