Launched in November 2019, Sky Sport Next is a $10 million community sport initiative to support grassroots sport in New Zealand – showcasing 50+ sports to help them grow.
“With everything from the Golf Croquet World Team Championship and the Super Slam Beach Volleyball Tournament, 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 Tex Teixeira, Sky’s Chief Content Officer.
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 free Sky Sport You Tube channel to receive instant updates when new content goes live. From time to time events will also be broadcast on Sky Sport, Sky Sport Now and Sky’s free-to-air channel Prime.
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.
The Sky Sport Next 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. Teixeira says, “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.”