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coachThe quest for improvement is central to sport and this is only achieved through coaching.

More than 300,000 people coach and manage sport in New Zealand. Most of these people are volunteers and are the coaches, referees, officials and managers. These people contribute over 70 million hours of their time to sport each year. If they were paid for this time, it would be worth at least $580 million each year.

Teachers and parents play a key role in coaching and managing young people's sport. KiwiSport is now taught in over 9 out of 10 of New Zealand's primary and intermediate schools. At secondary schools 4 out of 10 teachers are involved in schools sports programmes. 1 in 10 parents help out at sports matches and events.

But we still have a shortage of coaches, particularly for young people. This presents a major challenge for the Hillary Commission and sports organisations. This challenge is being met through Coaches Count. A campaign that says Thanks Coach to all our existing coaches for the valuable job they do, and recruits new coaches

In the first year of the campaign over 5,000 new coaches were recruited and over 6,000 renewed their commitment to coaching.

Coaching New ZealandCoaching the coaches - even 'natural' coaches need training on the finer points of their sport and the communication skills the job requires. The Commission works with the regional sports trusts and National Sports Organisations to train coaches at all levels. The Commission has developed a world-class coach education system, with courses and qualifications available from enthusiast to expert level, under the brand name 'Coaching New Zealand'.

SportsMarkCoaching sports managers - in today's world sport must be a high-quality experience, so people stay with the game as players, officials, managers and spectators. The Commission works with sports organisations to get them to adopt best practice when managing and administering their sports. Sports demonstrating a best-practice approach in running their organisations are awarded Sportsmark - the Commission's quality award scheme.

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