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

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 World Athletics Safeguarding Essentials online education module
  • 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
  • Membership Pack that includes a free gift, Drug Free Sport NZ resource as well as additional sponsor discounts and offers.
  • Apply for and attend WA RDC Coach development courses

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 email coaching@athletics.org.nz 

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 Team at coaching@athletics.org.nz  

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
Raylene Bates ANZ-HP Para Lead raylene@athletics.org.nz
     
     

Upcoming Workshops

No workshop dates as of yet

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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