November 5, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Auckland has won the right to host the 8th International Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Conference in 2024.

This is the first time the conference will be held in New Zealand and is expected to attract 350 delegates and inject 470,000 into the Auckland economy. The event focuses on the role of physical education and games in improving social and decision-making capabilities in young people.

“This conference is an opportunity for our teachers, coaches, researchers and institutions to collaborate and gain a better understanding of international best practise with our counterparts overseas,” said Alan Ovens, Associate Professor in Physical Education at The University of Auckland School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, who helped secure the conference for the nation’s largest city.

“New Zealand is recognised as having some of the best scholars in games education, so we are looking forward to hosting the 2024 conference in Auckland.”

Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager of domestic and business events, Bjoern Spreitzer said these kinds of events were “incredibly important” for New Zealand.

“They put New Zealand’s expertise on the world stage and help us secure a future pipeline of high-value visitors that will enrich New Zealand’s specialist knowledge and economy.”