2024 NEW SPORTING CODES ANNOUNCED!
The AIMS Games Trust are ecstatic to be welcoming Surfing and Orienteering to the Zespri AIMS Games whanau, from 2024. Surfing will be held at Mount Maunganui's Tay Street Beach, with Orienteering held at Tauranga's Historic Village and Kopurererua Valley (Sprint Course) and McLaren Falls Park (Rogaine Course). We can't wait to meet next year's Zespri AIMS Games surfers and orienteers! Detailed information for these two new sporting codes will be released in our 2024 Event Information Booklet, in February 2024.
The Zespri AIMS Games have expanded from 750 to more than 11,000 competitors since the inception of the Games in Tauranga Moana, in 2004. Many additions and changes have been made to the Zespri AIMS Games programme over the years, with 21 events being added to the original four.
New sporting code submissions are evaluated on an annual basis, by the AIMS Games Trust. Sports that are already part of the Games are also annually reviewed, to determine whether they should be retained as a part of the programme.
2025 New Sporting Code Submissions
Proposals should be submitted electronically to -
Kelly Schischka, Tournament Director
By 5pm, Friday 1st March 2024
Enquiries can be directed to Kelly at the email address above.
Proposed sporting code will provide a suitably qualified, designated Code Coordinator.
Eligibility for athletes to compete in the sporting code aligns with Zespri AIMS Games eligibility criteria.
There is a suitable and available venue to host the proposed sporting code.
The new sporting code submission has been endorsed by the code's regional and/or national sporting body.
Athletes with disabilities are able to participate in the proposed sporting code.
Proposed sporting code is financially sustainable.
Proposed sporting code would enhance the value and appeal of the Zespri AIMS Games.
Current participation levels of Year 7 and 8 students in New Zealand in the proposed sporting code.
Anticipated participation numbers in the Zespri AIMS Games.
Existance of current school events for the proposed sporting code throughout New Zealand.
Proposed event operational and logistical requirements meet Zespri AIMS Games guidelines.
Development pathways for the proposed sporting code.
Proposed sporting code would benefit the Zespri AIMS Games economically (e.g., through sponsorship and/or national/international relationships).
Proposed sporting code would have a positive social impact on the Zespri AIMS Games.
Overall impression of submission.
Eligibility to compete (meet the Zespri AIMS Games registration guidelines).
Category/Division structure – Boys/Girls/Open/Year Group/Age etc.
Athletes with Disabilities inclusion.
Estimated numbers attending (current 11 to 13 years age group participation numbers in New Zealand).
Entry Criteria/Grades to register, if applicable (e.g., golf under a 32 handicap).
Promotion/public support for the proposed sporting code at the event.
Current event structure in regions throughout New Zealand.
Regional development systems and opportunities/pathways.
Regional/National Sporting Organisation backing/support/sanction (if the submission is not from the proposed sporting code's national body, a letter of support from the national body is required).
Event information (which would be included in the registration/tournament information on our website). Refer to the current 25 code specific pages posted on our website as a guideline.
Detail Risk Management System/safety procedures/player welfare.
Estimated budget to run the event (this covers all costs e.g., personnel payment, officials, equipment hire, venue hire, travel costs etc.).
Dates/Duration of the event.
Code specific rules.
Venue (suitable venue and the venue requirements).
Equipment required (must be organised by the code and any costs specified and included in the code budget).
Officials/referees etc. required and availability to officiate at the event (if applicable detail development opportunities for officials / referees etc.).
How the proposed sport would enhance the Zespri AIMS Games tournament.
National/International contacts/relationships and anticipated overseas registration.
Provide a suitably qualified and designated code coordinator to work with the Zespri AIMS Games Tournament Director (e.g. to oversee your sporting code pre, during and post event of the tournament year, attend code coordinator planning meetings, submit and manage a detailed code budget, support Zespri AIMS Games initiatives and their partners/sponsors, produce and manage robust code health and safety systems, supply a comprehensive code report at the conclusion of the event, support Zespri AIMS Games regulations, meet deadlines, work alongside website, draws, results, registration, medical and media contractors etc.)
New codes for 2025 (if any) will be announced in May 2024.