INSIDE GLOBAL GAMES

Global Games Kaupapa

The purpose and Kaupapa of the Global Games Festivals is to give all junior players the opportunity to participate against clubs from around the country and the world, on a foundation of sportsmanship, enjoyment and friendship; all the while creating lifelong memories with their mates on tour."


The Global Mission​​​​​​​

Our mission is to help create a global community by connecting and empowering 100,000 young people from New Zealand and across the world by 2030.

We strive to foster cultural unity through the transformative power of sports, emphasising understanding, enjoyment and sportsmanship, irrespective of individual abilities or affiliations with specific clubs or schools.

Over the last 13 years, Global Games has provided unforgettable experiences to more than 45,000 childpen, enabling them to venture beyond their home regions and countries, often for the very first time. Our sporting festivals take place in venues and stadiums typically reserved for thęif sporting heroes in breathtaking destinations. We take immense pride in deliveringwofd-class experiences that transcend boundaries, from New Zealand to France and beyond.

Together, let's make the impossible possible and inspire the hext generation of global citizens through the universal language of sports.


GLOBAL GAMES 4 PILLARS

HĀKINAKINA | 

​​​​​​​ENJOYMENT     

A positive experience for all children attending our events is our primary objective and we always put their interests ahead of our own. 

At our events there is a framework in place that ensures that regardless of skill level, team enjoyment is secured and experiences maximized throughout. Every team will play throughout the whole weekend being matched against teams of equal ability.

WHAKAMANA | 

​​​​​​​EMPOWERMENT

We empower young people in a unified and inspiring way regardless of their sporting abilities or backgrounds. There are numerous stories from clubs attending the Global Games on the positive impact the experience has on their young people and the level of development they take away from travelling out from their home regions many for the first time. Getting the chance to interact with other cultures

WHANONGA TAPATAHI | SPORTSMANSHIP

Sportsmanship is at the heart of our festivals. Prior to each Global Games event teams attending are buddied up with another team from out of their region and put in touch before the big weekend. They are encouraged to meet up over the festival and support each other when they are not playing.

Other initiatives are a world class points system in place for good and bad sportsmanship. This has helped see a huge reduction in sideline tension and created a more vibrant atmosphere at our events. Teams will often stay in touch and will meet up again long after the last pass has been made.

TOITŪ | 

​​​​​​​SUSTAINABILITY

Global Games uses practical tools and methodology based on the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic.

We understand and care that the “great time we have had today” can leave an aftermath of problems for tomorrow.

WHO WE HAVE WORKED WITH

WHERE WE HAVE HOSTED OUR EVENTS

Philosophy

At Global Games, our philosophy revolves around bringing junior communities and cultures together through the power of sports, events, and travel. We believe that by fostering a sense of understanding and camaraderie, we can create a positive impact on young athletes

Our unwavering commitment lies in promoting a strong ethos emphasising enjoyment and experience as the driving forces behind our endeavours. We believe every participant should be able to thrive and develop in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Whānau holds great importance in our philosophy. We recognise and appreciate the significant role that families play in supporting and encouraging their children's involvement with Global Games. We strive to create an inclusive atmosphere that not only involves the young person but also engages their families, creating a sense of unity and togetherness.

Furthermore, our events are not just sporting competitions but vibrant celebrations that attract a large number of supporters. We aim to create a festival-like atmosphere that offers excellent social opportunities for individuals of all ages, fostering connections and friendships that go beyond the field of play.

In essence, the Global Games philosophy revolves around uniting communities, promoting enjoyment, and providing memorable experiences through sports, events, and travel. By embracing these principles, we believe we can inspire young people and foster a sense of belonging that transcends borders.


How the Dream Started

Tyrone Campbell

A chance camping trip in the Highlands of Scotland on my OE sparked something inside me to dream big and drove a passion that saw me establish Global Games and, over the next 13 years, give over 45,000 young people from across NZ and worldwide experiences to last a lifetime.  ​

Growing up as a small boy in Wainomatata and later years in the Hutt Valley in Wellington, my sporting experiences were never limited. I had the chance to try several different codes creating many fond memories of friendship and fun.  I was never a star player, though, and you could count my significant plays for the season on one hand in any given year. So, when rep teams were named for higher honours, I was never expecting to hear my name called. I always looked up to the better players and how lucky they were to have the chance to travel and meet other teams in tournaments and events with other kids from around the country. ​

But like most things in life, good things happen when you least expect them to. In my final year of club rugby at Hutt Old Boys as a 12-year-old, my team was lucky enough to participate in a day tour to the Wairarapa. I will never forget the excitement in the team hearing; we would get to all travel on a bus together to play a club in this faraway land ( 1.5 hours over the hill ). For the month leading up to the trip, we were buzzing with all the possibilities of the unknown. Once the day came, we could have popped with excitement and nervousness, joking and laughing like we were superstars, and in our minds, we were. Arriving at the hosting club was surreal, and chasing the sheep from the field so we could play was just too good. We got smashed in the game, and I believe the score was 80-0 in memory, but I can’t recall, and it was not important. We had the times of our lives, and it's one of my fondest childhood memories.

"I was shattered and could remember parking up at the lake the next day along thinking what a disaster it all was and how no one would ever want to come again."

Tyrone working on Global Games on his OE - 2007

Sitting around that campfire in Glencoe deep in the Scottish Highlands in the same spot where my ancestors had once walked, I contemplated what my life might look like once I returned home; I looked back on my travels and the unique experiences and people I had met. I also thought about my childhood and what had brought me to this point; my only sports tour was never far from my mind. My most significant times and experiences where I felt truly empowered were those times had been through travelling on my O.E and as a young Kiwi boy playing grassroots sport. It was at this moment I decided I wanted to do something that linked all of the things I loved together, and I dreamed up Global Games. This organisation would offer young people opportunities through sport and travel normally reserved for representative players or their sporting heroes. The next couple of months were dominated by ideas around setting up the organisation, with my little head spinning as I struggled to contain my excitement. 

​The last country to visit during my overseas experience was France, where we spent several weeks in the South, which provided the perfect backdrop to put my dream on paper and start the journey of Global Games, an organisation.  I was in my twenties at the time and, in all honesty, had no clue what I was getting myself into. I contacted the NZRU, along with King Country Rugby and ran my idea past them, ensuring there was no objection to my plan of setting up about running a large-scale junior rugby festival in Taupō; they were supportive so I sent invitations to a number of clubs around NZ inviting them to our new event. 

​​​​​​​Tyrone in Queenstown at the NZ Junior Rugby Festival - 2019

​​​​​​​Once returning home, I drove around the country, visiting the clubs I had invited. I remember there was massive uncertainty around sending teams of children, some as young as 9, with their teams across the country to an event that had never been held before, with an organisation and man no one had heard of. But once I got in front of team management and families, they could see my passion and that I was a half-decent bloke, so went ahead with sending hundreds of kids from across the land to Taupō.

The first events kicked off in September 2010; in the background, it was crazy and complete chaos. My poor family, whom I had roped in to help, were like stunned mullets on that opening morning as kids just started pouring in from every direction for registration, which we were not ready for.

After the event, I was shattered and could remember parking up at the lake the next day alone, thinking what a disaster it all was and how no one would ever want to come again. Then later that day, the emails and calls started coming in about what a fantastic experience it was and how much everyone had had the times of their lives, young and old, meeting new clubs, playing the game they love in an amazing place. 13 years later 95% of those clubs are still coming back.... my family took eight years to return.

Though starting out was hard, and those early times were filled with setbacks, challenges, and failures, giving up never entered my mind. The hardest thing I found was dealing with people who, for no reason at all, did not like what we were doing and only had negative things to say, but most of those people never took the time to come to our events or to meet me.

Politics in sports is challenging, and it’s something that I'm still trying to get my head around, but for me, I don't care which club I'm dealing with, where they come from, or what their backgrounds are; all I care about is providing world-class experiences for children and sticking up for the little guys like that little boy from the Hutt Valley trying his heart out and just wanting to have fun.

Tyrone Campbell

​​​​​​​Global Games Founder