The news that $82 million has been re-directed from ‘social marketing’ programmes to frontline sport in schools is welcome.

This Kiwisport funding, announced by the Prime Minister last week, puts the money where it is needed – whether it be directly to schools or via the regional partnership fund to clubs and community organisations – to ensure we have more children participating in sport.

At the same time, we have a problem that Kiwisport may be able to address.  There is still a drop-off from kids playing sport at school going on to playing for clubs across nearly all sports.

In Southland, we need to develop that link between schools and clubs, something that has been surprisingly difficult to achieve in the past for a number of reasons.

If Kiwisport through the regional partnership fund can build a bridge between school and club sport, it will have achieved a worthwhile purpose.