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.
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'.
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.