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Coaching for Impact

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A new programme for coaches working with secondary school age athletes.

Coaching for Impact is a free coaching programme being introduced by Sport NZ in 2021. The main objective of the programme is to grow a collaborative network of coaches who influence positive change in youth sport aligned with the Balance is Better philosophy. Coaching for Impact will broaden the availability and access to high-quality coaching experiences for rangatahi in secondary schools and their local clubs.

Coaching for Impact aligns with Sport NZ's 2020-2024 strategy of ensuring that all rangatahi receive quality experiences in sport. We know that coaches play a critical role in supporting participants at all levels, helping to develop their potential and stay involved for life.

What coaches can apply

Coaching for Impact is open to all experienced New Zealand coaches who are actively coaching secondary school age athletes in a school, club, regional or national sport organisation (or similar).

Three or more years coaching experience is recommended, along with a history of continuous learning and development. You will need to be a committed learner and be willing to invest time in your own development.

Programme format

Coaching for Impact will offer a unique professional development opportunity for up to 60 selected coaches. The content and structure of the programme has been designed to take into account the particular needs of coaches working with secondary school age athletes, balanced against the time constraints you operate under.

  • Two (2 day) residential learning camps per year held in April and November
  • Mentoring support via approved programme mentors
  • Coach observation and feedback
  • Support to develop Personal Development Plans (PDP)

We understand that your time will be limited, so much of your learning and development will take place while you coach. Over the course of the year you should also allow for two (2 day) residential camps, and monthly catch ups with your coach mentor.

The programme delivery model is philosophically based on the following beliefs:

  • That effective coach development requires a mix of learning channels used to maximize impact based on the needs of each coach
  • Success rests in coaches’ motivation to learn and the ability of systems and structures to foster and support that motivation
  • That residential learning camps can accelerate coaching innovation and collaboration across codes/coaches.


The full programme will run over 24 months.

Year one will run from February 2021 to November 2021, and year two from February 2022 through to November 2022.

How to apply

Please apply using our online application form

Coaching for Impact is a free programme, and applications will be open from Wednesday 21 October to Monday 30 November at 5pm. The programme is limited to 60 spaces and you will be notified if you have been selected prior to Christmas.

Please note that all applications must be endorsed by a school, club, regional or national sport organisation. Sport NZ will contact them for further details regarding your eligibility. You will also need to have completed a Criminal Record Check in the last two years, or acceptance into the programme will be subject to this.

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