☆  ABOUT US ☆ 

Active Sparks has been establish to provide children, parents, teachers and coaches with a positive, fun and educational active learning environment. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to participate in high quality physical lessons that not only help develop them physically but also holistically, with a focus on growing children's confidence, social skills and mental well-being.

‘All Involved, All The Time’ - we strongly believe that every student in our programmes should be constantly involved and engaged. Game-based learning is where it is at!  Small-sided games and lots of contact with equipment!  Kids should learn through play and have the opportunity to experience different sports and activities in order for them to discover their own interests and strengths. If we get the 'fundamental's right, kids will be confident and competent to get involved in activity and sports for LIFE!

JANNA MCLEAN  (Director of ACTIVE SPARKS)

My vision is simple: 
 
"kids having fun, learning new skills and sparking with confidence!" 

As a mum of 3 active boys, a previous Director of Sport/Head of Physical Education, as well as Physical Skills Educator (Sport Bay of Plenty), I am passionate about ensuring young children's fundamental skills are developed properly and have seen a really need for education (with teachers and children) within the pre-school and primary school level. It is this reason that I founded Active Sparks.

I have designed these programmes based on research and past experiences. These programmes are child-centred, educational and most importantly fun! I want to share my knowledge and skills with children, parents and teachers and spark everyone's enthusiasm for being active!

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education, Otago University (2002)

  • Diploma of Teaching and Learning, Christchurch College of Education (2003)

  • Director of Sport and Head of Physical Education, Stephen Perse Foundation (2009-2012)

  • Go4It Physical Skills Advisor, Sport Bay of Plenty (2016) 

  • Subject Advisor for Physical Education NZ -PENZ (2018)

KYLE MCLEAN  (Director of THRIVING KIWI COACHES)

Kyle was a primary and secondary teacher for 10 years.  He has over 20 years of coaching experience, working with organisations including Bay of Plenty Rugby. He is currently working with New Zealand Rugby and Sport NZ in a Coaching and Sport Advisory role. Kyle is at the forefront of 21st century coaching, currently completing his Masters in Coaching. He is leading the coaching team to provide an outstanding experience for all participants!

THRIVING KIWI COACHES - COACHING TEAM

LISA EGBERTS

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EXPERIENCE: I love playing a range of sports and am currently playing Rugby for the Bay of Plenty womens team - The Volcanix. Prior to this I represented the Dutch National Team in Rugby 7's at U18 and Senior level. I have also competed in Judo to a high level and was a judo assistant trainer for 4 years. 

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QUALIFICATIONS:

Rugby Coaching Level 1 and 2 Certificates

Rugby Referee Level 1 Certificate

ABOUT ME: I come from Netherlands and have made NZ home for moment in order to play rugby and have a new experience. I love sports and enjoy being active. As a coach the most important thing in a session for me is that the session is fun and educational!

RUPENA (BEB) PARKINSON 

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EXPERIENCE:

I was a former Junior Rugby Development Officer (RDO) for Tasman Rugby Union and also played for Mako in 2018. Whilst in this role I loved helping grow the game of rugby with the younger generations, it was such a rewarding experience!  I am currently a Teacher Aid at Te Akau ki Papamoa School. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Ruby player at Regional level. Working towards a career in Primary School teaching.

ABOUT ME:

My main enjoyment comes from seeing how much fun kids have playing sport, especially those who are a little un-confidence or unsure. I love encouraging someone to have a go!

ABBEY GRAINGER

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EXPERIENCE:

I currently play for the BOP Volcanix Rugby team and have been a NZ Beach Volleyballer. I have coached Volleyball and Netball teams at Intermediate and College level, whilst also mentoring kids with disabilities.

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Currently completing a Bachelors degree in Business, Majoring in Accounting.

ABOUT ME:

It's an honour and a privilege to be able to coach and help children. For me, playing sports is about playing various sporting codes, having fun and most importantly learning life skills!

Izzy Jury

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EXPERIENCE: 

Hockey is my main sport and I currently play for Mount Maunganui Club, however I also play Volleyball, Touch Rugby, Cricket and Netball.

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I am currently studying to by a qualified Midwife, and for the past 5 years I have worked with kids aged 0-11 years old as a Nanny both overseas and in NZ. I am fully certified in First Aid.

ABOUT ME:

My passions are both sports and kids! I feel privileged to be able to teach kids sports that I love and allow them to experience ones that they may not get to play often.

ROGAN LONG

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EXPERIENCE:

I love trying new things and have played a wide range of sports throughout my life, from Figure Skating to Netball. I have coached a number of athletics teams and competed in numerous tournaments and events myself.  

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Current Head Girls at Papamoa College

ABOUT ME:

Working with kids is a big passion of mine. I love seeing kids try new things and push their limits. I believe it is important for kids to be active and work as part of a team whilst also enhancing their personal abilities!

LIAM PELTCH

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EXPERIENCE:

I am currently completing a Bachelors Degree in Sports and Recreation and have been involved in a range of sports from a youngest. My main sport is Basketball, and have worked with Tauranga City Basketball Association (TCBA) delivering holiday programmes and refereeing inter-school competitions.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelors degree in Sports and Recreation (Toi Oho Mai. completion 2021). Qualified in First Aid (2019)

ABOUT ME:

I love getting involved and helping kids improve their skills, whilst encouraging them to involve themselves in sports and exercise.

JACK NELSON

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