Learning how to be adaptable as a coach
20 August 2020
Over 200 secondary school students attended the recent Student Coach Winter Sports Workshops delivered by Sport Wellington across the region in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Otaki, and Masterton.
This year, the workshops focused on the skill of being adaptable. Being adaptable allows coaches to adjust an activity so that it meets the athletes at their ability level. To support the student coaches to do this, the workshops explored the STEPS coaching model. The STEPS model helps coaches modify, create, and design activities and games for their players and teams
The attendees, from 24 schools from across the region, experienced a series of interactive sessions that explored the role of the coach and how to coach. The workshops also included sport-specific sessions which were delivered by coach developers from Capital Football, Netball Central, Wellington Hockey, and Wellington Basketball.
Many of the student coaches who attended this year’s workshops will be either coaching teams within their schools, at nearby primary schools, or local junior sports clubs.
“We’re really excited about the positive impact these coaches will be having with the players and teams that they will be coaching,” said Tim Mannix, Community Development Advisor at Sport Wellington.
The purpose of these workshops is help provide the student coaches with tools to encourage their curiosity about how to deliver quality experiences for the players and teams they are coaching, and to help grow their confidence as a coach.
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