Coaching and Excellence Annual Report 2001

Organised sport at all levels is considerably more enjoyable and rewarding for the participants if capable coaches are available. From the grassroots to the elite, New Zealand sport people are heavily dependant upon the services of the volunteer coach.

The Commission's Coaches Count philosophy values coaches by promoting them and thanking them for their services to sport. Regional sports trusts and Coaching NZ supported coach with training, and recruitment and retention policies.

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Coaches Count/Kaitohutohu Coaches Count

Effective Coaching at all levels

Coaches Count believes that coaches are the best people to improve the quality of the sporting experience - be it in schools, clubs or for high performers. While we need to say Thanks Coach to the 300,000 existing coaches and parent helpers, more are always welcome.

An important part of Coaches Count is upskilling - because poor coaching is of little value to anyone. Regional sports trusts train new coaches, through Coaching NZ courses, as well as offering refresher training for old hands.

Coaching NZ courses are part of a world-class system of courses and qualifications. They include the basic Getting Started course through to Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Sports funded by the Commission are asked to report their player-to-coach ratios. Sports must also have strategies to improve coaching at every level in order to receive financial support and advice from the Hillary Commission.

Action And Results In 2000-01
During the year Coaching NZ training courses attracted 5,600 attendances. A further 14,300 were accredited through sport-specific coach training courses run by national sports bodies. The Community Sport Fund continues to financially assist coaches with their training expenses. In addition we produced introductory Coaches Count booklets for 26 sports (16 summer and 10 winter).

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Calling the game

Calling the Game /Aroha Mai te Haakinakina

Valuing the referees, judges and umpires

Officials and others who call the game shape the sport just as much as do coaches. Sports officials help players show respect for the opponents and the rules of the game, and keep the fun and dignity of sport in perspective at all times.

Action And Results In 2000-01
Calling the Game was launched in March 2001. The new programme recognises and rewards officials in sport - the referees, judges and umpires - with resources and training. It aims to boost the number of sport officials and make existing volunteer officials feel valued. Through national sports bodies it offers training for new officials and helps the long-term professional to keep their edge. The training programme has got off to a good start with all regional sports trusts and 28 national sports bodies participating.

For more Information
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The Athlete

Running Sport/ Te Whakahaere Haakinakina

Resourcing Sport

Most people - the managers and administrators - who make sport happen are volunteers. Sports clubs and schools rely on volunteers. The Hillary Commission programme to develop and resource people who administers sport is called Running Sport.

The two-tier programme offers help in the form of training, first, at individual or club level and, second, for national and regional level management. This training improves the way local sport is run. It strengthens clubs by improving their ability to gain and retain members. The Running Sport resources give helpful step-by-step information on good administration, publicity and financial management, and running successful events. Every year sports trusts hold Running Sport seminars.

The nine Running Sport One modules for club-level training are as follows:
1 Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers, 2 The Club Secretary, 3 Managing Meetings, 4 Marketing & the Media, 5 Funding & Sponsorship, 6 Club Planning, 7 Managing Money, 8 Event Management, 9 The Sports Team Manager.

Action And Results In 2000-2001
The Running Sport Two modules - for national and regional sports organisations - were launched this year. Running Sport Two resources aim to improve the quality of sports management, and focus on the big picture They cover the following areas:

  1. Legal Obligations of Boards

  2. Strategic Planning

  3. Policy Development

  4. Financial Management

  5. Sport Marketing

  6. Public Relations

  7. Recruitment and Selection

  8. Volunteer and Staff Management

  9. Strategic Leadership

All Running Sport modules can be downloaded, free of charge, from the Commission website or via the Administrator's Info Zone on

The Commission is also driving public debate about the future of club sport in NZ. Under the heading Sportville discussion papers ask whether sports clubs see themselves struggling on alone or whether they could not merge into bigger clubs. As such they could pool their resources and improve their services to members with similar needs - such as all racket sport players or combined rugby/league/soccer clubs.

For more Information
Click on Running Sport

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Winning Women /Wahine Toa Winning Women

Special Focus on Women and Girls

The Commission has policy to get more young women playing and leading sport at all levels. New Zealand women's teams lead by example on the international stage - winning world championships in rugby league, cricket and mountain running, with a placing in squash.

Individual women athletes also did well internationally, placing four times - in board sailing, squash, body surfing and indoor bowls.

The Hillary Commission believes women and girls deserve equal access to any chosen role in sport. Our Winning Women strategy is based on the following programmes:

  • Women in Sport Projects

  • Leadership Courses and Seminars

  • Role Model Programme

  • Education Programme

  • Gender Equity

  • Women on the Run

  • The Winning Women's Charter

For more Information
click on Winning Women /Wahine Toa

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Anti-Doping Policy

Values in Sport

Our campaign against the use of drugs in sport is all about values. Values in sport come from attitude and human endeavour, not a bottle or syringe. There's no place in sport for banned substances. All bodies funded by the Hillary Commission adopt and work to an approved anti-doping policy as a condition of being funded.

Action And Results In 2000-01
The Commission can withhold funds to bodies as an incentive to them adopting a mature anti-doping policy, and did so briefly with Cycling NZ this year. Cycling NZ was quick to comply.

We audit the anti-doping policies of all national sports organisations funded by the Commission, and all the large bodies have complied with our requirements. More work has, however, been required with a handful of smaller bodies.

The Commission has a model anti-doping policy available for all sports bodies to adopt. Its 16 principles ensure anti-doping processes are effective.

For more Information
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A Home for Sport Online

The Commission has developed a website to provide club members, coaches and officials with up-to-date information. It is also an online management and databse system to assist in sport development work and help clubs make sport happen.

Sportnz was launched in May 2001. As well as practical information about a wide range of sports, the site offers free team or club websites and software to keep track of fixtures and results. So far 23 sports have signed up to be part of An event database and forums keep people informed. The site has been developed and is run in association with Sporting Pulse Ltd.

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No Exceptions/Kaore te Rereketanga No Exceptions

Obstacle-free Sport

Ensuring access to sport for people with a disability is the aim of the Commission's national No Exceptions policy. Preventable obstacles to enjoying everyday sport and physical leisure opportunities must be overcome.

Action And Results In 2000-01
In partnership with the Halberg Trust we have established Sport Opportunity Officer positions in sport trusts. 13 of those have now been filled (10 fulltime) in Northland, North Harbour, Waitakere, Counties-Manukau, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu/Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Tasman, Canterbury/West Coast and Southland. The Sport Opportunity Officers implement No Exceptions in schools and clubs. Regional sports trusts promote No Exceptions and sports bodies funded by the Commission are encouraged to commit themselves to providing sports coaching, competition and administration for people with a disability.

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SportsMark/Te Haakinakina Tohutohu Sports Mark

Quality in Sport

The term 'best practice' sums up what sport bodies aim for in the Commission's quality standard SportsMark. Organisations enrolled in the programme are required to meet demanding criteria - which they help set and measure - for the quality of their service to members and participants. There are over 130 separate measurements of quality of the organisation's service. When they achieve the standard, sports are recognised and rewarded with a SportsMark award. The Commission has a responsibility to encourage a continual improvement in the quality of sports organisations' services.
SportsMark determines the nature of any strategic work we do with a national organisation, and which bodies receive funding.

Action And Results In 2000-01
47 national sports bodies have registered in the SportsMark quality standard programme. Of these squash, tennis and softball are near to completing the process and being awarded their SportsMark.

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High Performance SportNew Academy Of Sport

Making Us Proud

Kiwi athletes and sportspeople who achieve internationally make us proud to be New Zealanders. International sporting success inspires young competitors to be the best they can - and to one day wear the silver fern. Through our partner organisation, the NZ Sports Foundation, the Commission's aim has been to help those athletes on the international stage. It takes a lot of time, commitment and support it beat the rest of the world - at world championship events as well as Commonwealth and Olympic Games - but it is an aim worth striving for. The focus last year was preparing our Olympic and Paralympic athletes for the challenge of Sydney 2000.

The Commission contracted the NZ Sports Foundation to achieve top-level sports results. The Foundation worked with national sports bodies to identify strategies for success and to fund those strategies. These include direct assistance to athletes, coaches and teams for training and competition, and support for specialist national coaching academies.

The Commission invested $8 million of public funds (23% of our total income) in the NZ Sports Foundation in 2000-01. To this the Foundation added funds it raised from the corporate sector. These funds were then allocated in grants to elite coaches and athletes for international competition, as well as to provide sports science and medical services, coaching academies and elite development. Athletes, coaches and officials are funded to attend world-class competitions including winter and summer Paralympic Games.

Elite athletes with a disability are also funded by the Hillary Commission through the NZ Sports Foundation. Funding for the winter and summer Paralympics is via the NZ Sports Foundation and NZ Olympic Committee. They represent NZ with distinction and this year led our international event medal haul.

Action And Results In 2000-2001

  • 1022 carded athletes have received high-performance training in the NZ Academy of Sport established in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

  • New Zealand athletes and teams finished in the top-10 in the world in 13 world championships events: mountain running, cross country, indoor bowls, women's cricket, curling, golf, motor cycling, power lifting, rugby league, skate sports, softball, squash, and surfing. Junior teams added another 10.

  • 111 athletes received Sports Foundation support and of these 91% maintained or improved their performance.

  • 84 individual athletes and 20 teams supported by the Foundation are ranked in the top-10 in the world in their respective events.

  • The NZ Paralympic team was very successful at the Sydney Paralympics 2000, winning 6 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals.

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Hosting Major Sports

Hosting international sports events in New Zealand has long been the best way to expose our athletes and officials to top competition without them having to travel overseas. The Commission therefore funds national bodies to bid for and, if successful, help hold such events here. This funding helps to build our international competitiveness while at the same time strengthening the local sport scene.

The Commission has helped sports and local authorities to promote New Zealand as a sport-training destination, including targeting overseas teams and athletes preparing for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Action And Results In 2000-01
Five world-class events have been held in NZ with Hillary Commission help: Rally of New Zealand, Women's Cricket World Cup, World Youth Touch Cup, Inter Pacific Pony Clubs Challenge and the Supergames. In addition bids to hold events here have been supported for the World Softball Championships, Asia Pacific Ice Hockey Championships and Teams Yacht Racing Championships.

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