Coaching

What do Dame Yvette Corlett, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Tom Walsh, Dame Valerie Adams, Nick Willis and Eliza McCartney all have in common? They were all developed by grassroots domestic coaches who work within our network of 170+ clubs nationwide.

Coaching is a fantastic way to contribute to the community as it is all about growing ‘people’ as well as growing ‘athletes.’ Coaches are hugely influential on those they work with and the role can be highly rewarding.

Athletics NZ has two types of Coach Memberships: Community Coach membership and the Accredited Coach membership. More information about the requirements and benefits of our Coach Memberships can be found below.

If you are new to the world of coaching and would like some support to get started, contact the Athletics NZ Coaching Coordinator to get some more information about the development opportunities in your area. You can also visit our Development and Education section below for further reading, resources, and upcoming workshop dates.

We also encourage you to read the Athletics NZ Coach Development 2020-2028 Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan Summary.

  • Coaching Membership
  • News
  • Coach Development & Education
  • Find a Coach

Coaching Membership

Athletics NZ offers two Coach Memberships to coaches in our community. Our Coach Membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Community Coach Membership

The Athletics NZ Community Coach Membership is open to anyone who coaches within our sport. It is most suited to those who are new on their coaching journey, but can also include club coaches, parent coaches and Foundation Programme coaches.

The minimum requirements for the Community Coach membership are:

  • Police vetting – required every three years
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Member Protection and Anti-Harassment Regulations
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Child Safety guidelines

Some of the benefits of the Community Coach Membership are:

  • Individual Coach Membership Card
  • Athletics NZ Coach credentials/recognition at national and regional level
  • Your name listed in the National Coaches registry, published on our website
  • Access to regular Coaching Newsletters – Coaches Korero
  • Access to all Athletics NZ Member benefits
  • Discounted entry to coach education workshops
  • Ability to purchase Athletics NZ branded coach merchandise
  • The first 100 registered Community Coaches will each receive a branded drawstring bag and Te Reo language resources.

To sign up as an Athletics NZ Community Coach, visit our Registration Portal.

 

Accredited Coach Membership

The Athletics NZ Accredited Coach Membership provides a level of quality assurance into our coaching framework to continue to meet the needs of participants within our sport.

The Accredited Coach membership is for established coaches who have been coaching athletics for at least three years, and/or have received education or attended training relevant to athletics event coaching.

All Accredited Coach applications are subject to meeting the criteria which is based on a recognition of prior learning, prior experience, and current competency.

The minimum requirements for the Accredited Coach membership are:

  • Police vetting, required every three years
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Member Protection and Anti-Harassment Regulations
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Child Safety guidelines
  • Completing the Drug Free Sport NZ ‘Support Personnel’ online education module, required every 3 years

Some of the benefits of the Accredited Coach Membership are:

  • Individual Coach Membership Card
  • Athletics NZ Coach credentials/recognition at national and regional level
  • Your name listed in the National Coaches registry, published on our website
  • Apply for Athletics New Zealand Team positions
  • Free admission to Athletics NZ Championship competitions for registered coaches
  • Apply for Coaching Performance Enhancement Grants; any Sport NZ, HPSNZ or Athletics NZ Coach development programmes; and any Prime Ministers Coaching Scholarships
  • Access to regular Coaching Newsletters – Coaches Korero
  • Access to all Athletics NZ Member benefits
  • Discounted entry to coach education workshops
  • Automatic membership to Oceania Athletics Coaches Association
  • Ability to purchase Athletics NZ branded coach merchandise
  • Membership Pack that includes a branded drawstring bag and notebook, Drug Free Sport NZ resource, Te Reo language resources as well as additional sponsor discounts and offers.
  • Apply for and attend IAAF RDC Coach development courses

This membership season, we are also introducing the Accredited Performance Coach membership. Coaches who have completed the Performance Coach Qualification (PCQ) programme or who have been identified as coaching in the performance space will be recognized as Accredited Performance Coaches in the coach registry. Accredited Performance Coaches have the same coach benefits as Accredited Coaches.

To sign up as an Athletics NZ Accredited Coach visit our Registration Portal.

If you have any questions about which membership type is right for you, please get in touch with Mariah Ririnui.

To view a list of ID verifiers and Approved Documents click here

News

We have regular news and articles contributed by coaches.

Click here to view Coaching News.

We have regular news and articles contributed by coaches.

Click here to view Coaching News.

Coach Development & Education

The goal of the Athletics NZ Coaching Team is to “Grow the Person, the Passion and the Profession” of coaching. We achieve this by delivering a mix of formal and informal education and development opportunities.

We are currently working on developing a formal education programmes for Community Level coaches, as well as working to revamp the Performance Coach Qualification programme. In the meantime, if you are interested in coach development opportunities, please contact the Athletics NZ Coaching Coordinator Mariah Ririnui.

To view a current list of Athletics New Zealand CAD Level 1 Athletics Coach Educators Click Here

 

 

 

Contacts    
Kirsten Hellier ANZ-HP Coaching Manager kirsten@athletics.org.nz
Tim Driesen ANZ-HP Athlete Development Lead tim@athletics.org.nz
Kim Mickle ANZ Programme Coach kim@athletics.org.nz
Raylene Bates ANZ-HP Para Lead raylene@athletics.org.nz
Mariah Ririnui Community Coaching Coordinator

mariahr@athletics.org.nz

Event Group Plans

Annually, Event Group Plans (EGP) are developed to support the ongoing growth of athletes and coaches within Athletics. The objective is to cater for specific event group initiatives with a “whole of sport” lens catering for the needs of development and performance level athletes and coaches. Long term athlete and coach development drives many of the EGP initiatives as does growing collaborative, unified communities of practice.

Event group plans align to three Athletics NZ strategic plans.

  1. 2021-2024 ANZ-HP Strategic Approach
  2. Athletics NZ Coach Development Strategic Plan
  3. 2021-2024 ANZ-HP Athlete Development strategic approach

Para Athletics Integration

Athletics NZ leads NZ sport with a fully integrated Para athletics programme. Para Athletics is integrated into all that we do and across all operational areas. Para athlete and coach initiatives are included across all event groups except for a few specific initiatives.

Confirmation of dates

At the time of publishing (July 2022) we are still waiting confirmation of dates for our domestic calendar. Dates will be published as soon as possible upon confirmation.

Note:
Due to the nature of some EGP initiatives, there will be some activities that will cater specifically to HP programme athletes and coaches.

Event Group plans can be accessed below and can be viewed on our Upcoming Workshops calendar below.

Combined Events Group Plan 2022-23 TBC

Distance and Walks Event Group Plans 2022-2023 and Distance Testing Outline

Jumps Event Group Plan 2022-23

Para Event Group Plan 2022-23

Pole Vault Event Group Plan- 2022- 2023

Sprints Relays & Hurdles Event Group Plan 2022-23

Throws Event Group Plan 2022-23

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday 8 October – Invercargill – CAD Level 1 Jumps and Throws

Sunday 9 October – Dunedin – CAD Level 1 Sprints, Hurdles and Jumps

Sunday 16 October – Christchurch – CAD Level 1 Throws

Sunday 30 October – Auckland (Pakuranga) – Run Jump Throw and CAD Level 1 Sprints and Hurdles

Sunday 6 November – Auckland (Pakuranga) – CAD Level 1 Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Discus

To register, please follow this link: https://events.mygameday.app/#/event/landing-page/coachingworkshops2022

If you have any questions, please contact mariahr@athletics.org.nz

Further Reading and External Education

Drug Free Sport New Zealand

Drug Free Sport NZ is the lead agency for clean sport in NZ and provides free online and in person education for Athletics NZ coaches and administrators. Click here to visit Drug Free Sport NZ.

Sport NZ Sport Tutor

Sport Tutor is a self-paced learning portal for everyone involved in the play, active recreation and sport sector, developed by Sport New Zealand. There are e-learning courses available on a range of topics relevant for coaches. Click here to visit Sport Tutor.

Balance is Better

Balance is Better was developed by Sport NZ and offers a fresh way of thinking for those involved in delivering youth sport in New Zealand. Balance is Better focusses on how to encourage participation at all levels and develop skill at the right pace and includes some great resources relevant to coaches, administrators, and parents of young athletes. Click here to visit Balance is Better.

Find a Coach

Athletics NZ can put you together with a coach to help you reach your goals and maximise your performance.

Our nationwide network of Community Coaches are able to assist with multiple disciplines and performance levels. Our nationwide network of Accredited Coaches have all been coaching for at least three years and deliver more discipline-specific coaching for higher performance levels.

Click the relevant pdf below to find a coach near you that suits your performance level and help you reach your goals.

  • List of current Athletics NZ Accredited Coaches
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  • List of current Athletics NZ Community Coaches
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