ABOUT THE ZESPRI AIMS GAMES

The Zespri AIMS Games is a strategic partnership between the four Western Bay Intermediate Schools, Sport Bay of Plenty and the Tauranga City Council. The Zespri AIMS Games is a Tauranga City Council Legacy event. All individual and team sports are superbly organised and ran to a very high standard. We link with various local sporting clubs, Regional and National Sporting Organisations to achieve this.

The sporting championships give 11, 12 and 13 year olds an opportunity to compete as an individual or in a team against their age group in 23 different sports. Each of the sports offered in 2022 will be hosted in superb facilities.

The Tournament provides students equal opportunity to compete at an exemplar sporting event and to meet others from outside of their normal peer group, developing their social interaction skills. The graph to the right indicates the spread in the demographics, by decile rating, of New Zealand schools attending the 2019 event (* indicates international and private schools).

In sixteen years, the Zespri AIMS Games have gone from a small festival of sport, to what are now considered the International Championships for Intermediate and Middle schools. Hand in hand with the growth, has been the emergence of the Zespri AIMS Games as a pathway, to sporting achievement and success. Since our inception in 2004 we have grown from 760 competitors representing 17 schools and four sporting codes to the 2019 Anchor AIMS Games where we embraced 11,500+ competitors representing 365+ schools from throughout New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.

The Tournament attracts entries from all over New Zealand with Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty contributing the biggest numbers. Auckland grew from 80 schools in 2017 to break the 100-mark with 105 schools in 2019.