Information for partners

Sport NZ supports partners to develop systems to recruit, develop and retain quality coaches at all levels. A key component of this support is the Sport NZ Trainer and Coach Developer programmes. Read on to find out more.

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National Trainer Programme

System building for Sport Development in Aotearoa

Apply for our 18-month National Trainer Programme, nationally led by Sport NZ and locally supported by experienced mentors. The programme enables trainers to learn and grow in their own environment.

Apply by 5pm on Friday 9 April 2021.

NZ coaching strategy

This strategy provides the blueprint for coaching in New Zealand. It sets out core principles and key objectives with a focus on participant-centered coaching.

Coaching toolkit

Good coaching is all about the participant or athlete receiving the support they need to enjoy their sport and fulfil their potential at whatever level that may be. Learn how to recruit and retain great coaches.

Coaching development resources

Balance is Better resources

If you have coaching experience, are working in player development or performance environments, you’ll find helpful content on this site on creating positive cultures, psychology, skill development and advice on how to create a great experience for players across codes.

Coach development programmes

"Ensuring anyone new to squash has a great experience when they start is essential for the survival of our sport. We just have to get this right." Canterbury sports are committed to teaming up and finding strength in collaboration, and a global pandemic has only heightened interest in working together – to the credit of all codes involved. This initiative by Squash Canterbury tapped into insights from cricket and netball. “They sought this fresh perspective and it has paid off. Their coaches are inspired, the numbers of new female coaches are growing, and youth participation is on the rise."


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