Sixteen Auckland coach developers have been confirmed for the pilot Regional Coach Developer Training programme, which is all about ‘coaching the coaches’.

We know that a great coach developer is able to develop better coaches who are then able to get and keep hundreds of people playing sport, more often and with greater success each year. Since 2014 Sport New Zealand’s National Coach Developer Training programme has been overwhelmingly successful and embraced by more than 200 coach developers who go out and ‘coach the coaches’. Based on this, our generic Auckland-wide coach developer programme is designed to give coach developers the latest tools and techniques they need to deliver quality development experiences for coaches in their communities.

Aktive Coaching and Talent Development Manager, Luke Morriss, says the quality of coach development has a significant impact on the quality of coaches and therefore the experience the athlete or participant receives.

“Coach developers are people who go out and develop, support and motivate coaches working in clubs, schools and the community. They do this by facilitating coaching courses, providing mentoring for others and deliver workshops to upskill other coaches,” says Morriss.

“By arming this group with the necessary tools and techniques, they are then able to provide other coaches with the knowledge and skills to provide their athletes and participants with fun, safe and quality sports experiences. We believe this ‘coach the coaches’ approach will contribute to greater participation and success in sport which will help us create thriving communities of activity.”

Congratulations to the 16 selected coach developers:

Brent Rodgers (Triathlon NZ)
Chris Bullen (Badminton)
Colleen Kinnell (North Harbour Softball)
Garry Wood (Cricket)
Julie Bennett (Netball Northern)
Lewis McClintock (Surf Lifesaving Northern Region)
Mathew Eagleson (Special Olympics NZ)
Mike Cudd (Counties Manukau Rugby League)
Neil Bartlett (Athletics Auckland)
Regina Lilii (Cricket)
Ritchie Marr (Waitakere Badminton)
Samuel McKenzie (Auckland Rugby)
Sarah McIlroy (Harbour Rugby)
Shaun Matthews (Auckland Hockey)
Stacey Te Kawa (Auckland Softball)
Viggo Rasmussen (Auckland Rugby League)

For more information on the Regional Coach Developer Training programme click here.