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WHATEVER NEXT? SKY SPORT NEXT IS UP AND RUNNING AND SHARING NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE CONTENT FROM SOME EXCITING SPORTS

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WHATEVER NEXT? SKY SPORT NEXT IS UP AND RUNNING AND SHARING NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE CONTENT FROM SOME EXCITING SPORTS

If your New Year’s resolution includes taking up a new sport but you need some inspiration, then look no further than the host of options on offer through Sky Sport Next. This $10 million initiative will support grassroots sport and rising talent in New Zealand – showcasing around 50 codes which haven’t yet received the profile they need to grow, in stadia, on turfs, courts and waterways around Aotearoa.  Local stars are about to go large!

“With everything from the Golf Croquet World Team Championship and the Super Slam Beach Volleyball Tournament (both in Nelson) to the Health 2000 Surfing Nationals, New Zealand Superbike Championships, Under 18 Girls and Boys Softball Championships and the New Zealand Open Canoe Slalom – there’s so much to inspire young (and old) Kiwis to get up off the couch and into action,” says Cathryn Oliver, Sport Relationship Manager who heads up Sky Sport Next.

Sky Sport Next works in partnership with the New Zealand Sport Collective, led by former Olympian and America’s Cup sailor, Rob Waddell. More than 50 National Sports Organisations have come together to collaborate in a unique new way to capture their events, share them on a high-profile platform and get more Kiwis involved. Fans can subscribe to the Sky Sport You Tube channel to receive instant updates when new content goes live.

This weekend (11 – 12 Jan, 2020) will see live streaming for golf croquet, surfing, beach volleyball and superbikes on the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel, with highlights packages for surfing and volleyball to be broadcast later on Sky Sport, Sky Sport Now and Sky’s free-to-air channel Prime.

Next weekend (18-19 Jan, 2020) we’ll see the NZ Under 18 champs for softball, more superbike action and the canoe slalom – which will hopefully have a visit from Olympic Silver Medallist Luuka Jones.

The codes which have come together under the NZ Sport Collective so far include; Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe Polo, Racing and Slalom, Cheerleading, Climbing, Condor 7s, Crossfit, Cycling, Curling,  Dragon Boating, Diving, Equestrian, Eightball, Secondary Schools Football, Golf, Golf Croquet, Gymnastics, Hockey, inline Hickey, Indoor Bowls, Judo, Karate, Lawn Bowls, Orienteering, Skateboarding,  Snowsports, Softball, Squash, Surfing, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Underwater Hockey, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Waka Ama and Yachting.

Oliver says, “The list of codes is enough to leave anyone breathless! Sky Sport Next is about funding these sports in New Zealand to get their message out there to inspire more Kiwis to get involved and achieve well in something they love or can grow to love.  Our YouTube channel means the content is free to air – mums, dads, grandparents, mates can all watch and share the exploits of their home-grown stars for free and then celebrate as their achievements are broadcast even further on Sky Sport.

“Sky has invested heavily over the years in premier mainstream sports – but we’re all about diversity, and you can’t get more diverse than the vast collection of codes on offer in New Zealand through Sky Sport Next.  Switch on, be inspired and get going.”