Rugby league legend Graham Lowe, ONZM, QSM, addressed an audience in Hamilton today on the subject of how his 12 principles are changing the lives of local young people through a course run in partnership with NZMA Waikato.
Waikato teens who are struggling at high school or are looking for a vocational pathway to employment are benefiting from ‘Kick for the Seagulls’, a programme run in partnership between private training provider NZMA and The Lowie Foundation, Lowe’s independent charity.
Some of those students took the stage alongside Lowe to share their stories of achievements and learnings from the 18-week course, which has a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, using sport as a hook to engage students back into education and improve their academic achievement.
Launched in 2017, ‘Kick for the Seagulls’ targets those who have fallen through the cracks at high school or those that are looking for an alternative educational pathway, setting them up with the building blocks to pathway into further study or meaningful employment. As part of the Youth Guarantee Scheme, it is delivered free to 16–19 year olds. Students graduate with the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2.
The programme is based around Lowe’s 12 Dynamic Principles, common-sense philosophies developed throughout his career that can be applied in all areas of life for personal success. They include gems such as practice till the lights go out, never die wondering, and discover the power of your team early.
‘Kick for the seagulls’ is another of the principles, encouraging people to look for openings, and spot the opportunities. It aligns with NZMA’s core vision and values, and the education provider’s commitment to make a meaningful difference to the lives of its students, their families and their communities.
“NZMA’s vision fits in with our vision,” said Lowe. “They understand what we were talking about and striving for. For the Lowie Foundation to have this partnership with NZMA it really is a win-win.”