ACC to give 20 young men a fresh start


Released 31/07/17

School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) and ACC are recruiting 20 young men aged 17 to 30,  not in employment, education or training, to be part of a programme aimed at giving them a brighter future.

Isaac Carlson, Sports Injury Prevention Manager at ACC, said this was more than a reality show; it was a chance for young men to build their self-worth and learn life skills through the language of sport.

“Sport is a language that many of our youth in NZ understand. Through the School of Hard Knocks we want to teach participants how they can make positive changes in their lives by applying what they learn on the field. We’ll be teaching them how to set goals and work together as a team, and help them discover the value of a positive mind-set”

This year the participants will study towards NCEA level 2 certificates in health and fitness at Te Wānanga O Aoteroa Māngere Campus and, for those that need it, work towards a drivers’ license. They will also learn about healthy and respectful relationships. The team will be mentored by All Black great Sir John Kirwan.

“The boys will be doing a mixture of classwork and practical work like physical training, work experience and seeing how team sport can have a positive influence in their lives,” Mr Carlson said.

SOHK Trustee Hugo Fitzsimmons said he was excited about expanding the programme to include NCEA and drivers licensing, as well as increasing the focus on healthy relationships.

“We really want to give these young men every opportunity to be successful in life.

“In season one, we had a young man, Dalrae Robati, who was one of our standout students. He is now working full time, mentoring youth and even thinking about a career in politics. Success stories like his make this programme so worthwhile.”

The show will begin filming at Te Wānanga O Aotearoa in August and begin airing in September.

For those interested or know someone who might benefit from the programme, they can go to the School of Hard Knocks Facebook page:

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