More than two million New Zealanders
take part in sport or physical activity every year. The Hillary Commission's job
is to support sport and the people who make it happen.
Team sport, especially for
younger players, depends on having someone to coach the team. Coaching can be
satisfying and rewarding; many who take a team wonder why they took so long to
just like you
Most coaches at junior sport level are parents or family of the children involved.
Many teachers and secondary school students are coaches too. Every sport needs
more coaches at all levels - if you are enthusiastic, you will be welcomed.
You may be worried about
finding the time to coach. There are ways to share the load - coaching needn't
take as much time as you think. If you're interested in a sport - whether you
used to play it or not - you could be a great coach. Give it a go!
help you get started
Many people say they would like to coach but they don't believe they have the
skills. It's easier than you think! Many national sporting bodies offer coach
education courses, starting from introductory courses on the basics of coaching
their sport. It is a course that will give you the confidence to get started.
Just click on to National
Sport for contact details.
The Hillary Commission also offers coach education, which focuses
on the generic components of coaching that apply to all sports. These courses
are run by the regional
be on your own
Parents are often happy to help - with tasks like phoning players, organising
half time drinks, washing gear, collecting subs, and helping at training sessions.
All you have to do is ask. You can have a 'team' behind the team.
does the coach actually do?
The coach calls the shots. As a coach you will:
- help players develop their
- help players enjoy sport
- be the link between the
club, the school, the players and the parents.
- know the rules and basic
strategy of the game
- promote the FairPlay message: play hard, but play fair
- arrange and organise training
- make sure everyone gets
- get to know your players
and match their strengths to the game
- be supportive - turn up
for the game!
- praise your players, look
for what they did well
- be a good role model -
behave the way you expect your players to behave
All you need to do to get started in
coaching is contact the Sport Development Officer at your local regional sports
trust. For contact details just click on to regional
There's also a free Getting Started in Coaching handbook available to download.
You can get a Coaches Count booklet
from your regional sports
trust or National Sports Organisation. These handy pocket-sized booklets include
useful coaching information. We've also got some sports
gear available for coaches.