Support teams

The programme develops skills that ultimately improve the quality of elite-level sporting performance.

Applications are now open for 2016 Prime Minsters Support Team Scholarships. Click here to go through to the application portal. It is advised to use the draft forms below to plan your application and study plan before submitting online. If you have any issues using the system please email If you haven’t already check out the updated Programme Guide here.


In an effort to gain greater alignment with the national high performance sport planning cycle the application and assessment timeline for PM Support Team scholarships will be changing from 2016. 

From 2016 the annual support team scholarship application round to move from November/December to March/April each year allowing for NSO performance reviews and personnel review processes to take place and needs identified prior to developing PD plans and submitting scholarship applications. 

The December intake for 2015 will go ahead as planned however only those applications that are prioritised as requiring a decision prior to the end of 2015 will be assessed in this period. All other applications will be assessed in early 2016. Any applications deemed to not require a decision in this period will be deferred until the March/April intake. As in previous years there will be a second annual intake, the period for this from 2016 will be October/November. 

It should be noted that from 2016 the March/April intake will be classed as the major intake for the application year, any activities planned to occur over the subsequent 12+ months should be submitted during this round.  The October/November intake is a supplementary application round primarily placed to assess those applications that may not have been able to be prioritised in the initial intake or if the opportunity has only been identified following the previous intake. 

Applications can be assessed in between these periods however a significant explanation must be provided with the application as to why assessment is required outside of the set intakes. Note, decision timeframes if submitted in this period can be delayed.

The purpose of Support Team Scholarships is to invest in education opportunities to enable world leading performance from New Zealand’s top athletic talent, by prioritising resources for increasing expertise that will directly impact athlete performance and enable the sustainability of our support team talent pool.

Examples of activities supported by the programme include: multi-sport or cross-sport coach and leader development initiatives, accreditation requirements, business coaching, mentoring, training, internships, conferences, study visits, observations at key sporting events, discussions on ‘best’ practice, on-the-job shadowing, participation in peer network activities, participation in international committees or working groups, peer review of professional work, travel, accommodation, incidentals and in some cases limited reimbursement for lost income.

Scholarships do not support sport coaching, service delivery, membership fees for professional bodies or industry groups, or the purchase of any equipment associated with the applicant’s vocation, job role or as a requirement for the project.


The applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Support Team member.
  • Be working with high performance athletes, or working directly in a high performance environment.
  • Be endorsed by their NSO and/or HPSNZ leading up to and during the scholarship.
  • Where applicable, be endorsed by the applicant’s Sport Performance Manager and Discipline Lead (performance service providers only) and Performance Consultant (these endorsements are compulsory for HPSNZ employees).
  • Be acknowledged in a NSO’s High Performance plan or Service plan; or identified by their NSO or HPSNZ as an emerging talent who will impact high performance sport within the next 5 years.
  • For individual applications, have an up-to-date Professional Development plan.
  • For group applications, have an up-to-date Group Development plan or strategy.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to their NSO’s education and development pathways (if available).
  • Submit a complete application including required endorsements and supporting information.
  • Have no outstanding scholarship requirements.


The scholarship application closing date each year is 5pm, 1 December.  Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date. To apply you must submit a complete online application. The link to the application system will be available through this webpage from November 1.

If you are intending on applying for a scholarship it is best to complete a draft application prior to submitting the online application. All scholarship related documents can be found under the forms section below.

Please note the demand for scholarships typically exceeds the financial resources available so it is unlikely that all applicants will receive a scholarship. 

Applications are assessed and prioritised by a High Performance Sport NZ panel, comprised of people with skills in high performance programme management, scholarship management and performance services.


Programme Guide (PDF) for Support Team

2016 Draft application form (Word)

Final reports are due within four weeks of completing a scholarship. Please contact your NSO before submitting a report. See link here for the draft report form to begin the collation of your report detail. Once completed please send the form and all financial information through to


If you need to make changes to an existing scholarship, please contact Travis White at the above email address or on 021 838 560.