NZCT recently awarded Parafed Bay of Plenty $25,000 towards the salaries of a Coachforce Development Officer and Executive Officer.
Parafed Bay of Plenty has been around since 1968. The organisation helps to develop sporting opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Treasurer Neil Cudby explains that Parafed Bay of Plenty has a governance board that leads two operational staff: a Coachforce Development Officer and Executive Officer. The organisation applied at NZCT for the staff salaries required to gain leverage for volunteers delivering effective board governance, multiple sport code committees with development plans, new programme plans, budgets and profile marketing.
"We are fortunate to have a wealth of experience and passion from these people for the disabled community that is infectious," says Neil. "Parafed Bay of Plenty now has, for example, a renewed emphasis on youth development. This not only involves young people and their families in sport, but it also strengthens local pathways to Paralympics."
According to Neil, the Coachforce Development Officer and Executive Officer are also responsible for several events, such as the Festival of Disability Sport in March. "During the festival, our staff will be working with volunteers to create a safe and sustainable event that will showcase four dynamic national para-sports to the wider Bay of Plenty community. This event will put Parafed on the map.
"The Development and Executive Officer are the glue that bond this community of volunteers to multiple opportunities for our athletes. Without NZCT's grant, our impact would only be a small percentage of what this staff makes possible. I am excited about the future. We are getting real buy-in from our local communities, and the rest of the country is taking notice," concludes Neil.