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 here.

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 page 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.

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  • 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
  • Completing the Child Safety education module, with refresher courses required every 3 years

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
  • Completing the Child Safety education module, with refresher courses required every 3 years
  • 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.

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.

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 with the exception of a few specific initiatives. Para Event Group Plan 2021-22

COVID -19

Comparative to the rest of the world we have been fortunate with minimal disruptions to our sport since the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020. We continue to remain vigilant however and mindful that globally we are still dealing with the ongoing effects of this pandemic. The 2021/22 Event Group Plans (EGP) has been developed based on best case scenario’s, such as the ability for domestic travel and no restrictions around group gatherings.

Based on current alert levels relating to COVID-19 Event Group initiatives will only be able to continue at level 1 or 2 (Level 2 only with less than 100 participants)

Event Group Plans will be updated as quickly as possible to inform of any changes to the proposed activities.

It is highly recommended that when/if booking travel that consideration is taken to allow for changes/flexibility if required.

Please note, due to the nature of some Event Group Plan initiatives, there will be some activities that will cater specifically to HP programme athletes and coaches. Confirmed details relating to events/initiatives will be provided as soon as possible.

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

Combined Events Group Plan 2021-22

Distance Event Group Plan 2021-2022

Jumps Event Group Plan 2021-22

Pole Vault Event Group Plan- 2021- 2022

Sprints Relays & Hurdles Event Group Plan 2021-22

Throws Event Group Plan 2021-22

Walks Event Group Plan 2021 – 22

Upcoming Workshops

To register for any of our upcoming workshops, click here

Northland

  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September (final programme TBC): CAD Level 1 Sprints, Jumps and Throws, Whangarei Athletics Track

Auckland

  • Sunday 25 July: Level 1 Middle Distance, Pakuranga Atheltics Club
  • Sunday 25 July: An introduction to Maintaining Optimal Energy Availability in Athletes (RED-S), Pakuranga Athletics Club
  • Sunday 15 August: CAD Level 1 Sprints and Hurdles, Pakuranga Athletics Club (followed by an Athletics Auckland Level C Officials Course, Part 1)
  • Sunday 12 September: CAD Level 1 Throws, Pakuranga Athletics Club (followed by an Athletics Auckland Level C Throws Officials Course, Part 3) 
  • Sunday 10 October: CAD Level 1 Jumps and Run Jump Throw, Pakuranga Athletics Club
  • Saturday 16 October: Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw, Papakura Athletics Club

Manawatu/Wanganui

  • Sunday 15 August: CAD Level 1 Throws and Run Jump Throw, Palmerston North Athletics Track

Hawkes Bay Gisborne

  • Saturday 28 August and Sunday 29 August (final programme TBC): CAD Level 1 Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps, Throws and Racewalking, Mitre 10 Sports Park, Hastings

Otago

  • Saturday 30 October: CAD Level 1 Sprints, Jumps and Throws, Wanaka Recreation Centre Otago

Please note – some Centres organise additional coaching clinics in their regions. Please check with your Centre Administrator or check the Centre website for more information. 

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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