INSIDE GLOBaL GAMES
The modern world is moving at a rate not seen in our history, creating possibilities and developments unimaginable only a few years ago with the next generation born with unlimited access to information and technology advancements.
But what about the soft skills that makes us human, experiences that define us, the sheer enjoyment of being a part of a team touring to world-class destinations, coming face to face with other kids who share their passion for the sport they play from not only other regions but from around the world all while competing in sporting arenas normally reserved for their heroes.
We are Global Games!
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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.
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.
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
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.
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 ten years give over 30,000 young people from around the world 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 a number of different codes creating many fond memories of friendship and fun. I was never a star player though and you could count my major 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.
Like most things in life, good things happen when you least expect them too. In my final year of club rugby at Hutt Old Boys as a 12-year-old, my team was lucky enough to take part 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 far away 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, nervousness, joking and laughing like we were super stars, and in our minds, we were. Arriving in 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 in memory I believe the score was 80-0, but I can’t recall and it was not important. We had the times of our lives and its one of my fondest memories of my childhood.
"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."
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 all of my travels and the amazing experiences and people I had met. I also thought about my childhood and what had brought me to this point, my only sports tour never far from my mind. My greatest times and experiences where I felt truly empowered, those times had been through traveling 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, an organisation that would offer young people opportunities through sport and travel that are normally reserved for representative players or their sporting heroes. The next couple of months were dominated with ideas around setting up the organisation with my little head spinning as I struggled to contain my own excitement.
The last country to visit on my overseas experience was France, where we spent a number of weeks based 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 in to. I contacted the NZRU and 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
Tyrone in Queenstown at the NZ Junior Rugby Festival - 2019
Once returning home I drove all around the country, visiting the clubs that I had invited. I remember there was huge 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 September 2010 and 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 of course 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 an amazing 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. 10 years later 95% of those clubs are still coming back.... my family took 8 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 sport is tough 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, 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.
Global Games brings junior communities and cultures together and creates a level of understanding through sport, events and travel.
With junior players between the age of 7 to 14 years of age we are fiercely dedicated to promoting strong ethos and ensuring enjoyment and experience are the key drivers
There is a focus on whānau ( family ) who play a big part in supporting their children being involved with Global Games. Any events we hold see large numbers of supporters attend creating a real festival atmosphere with great social opportunities for young and old.