Media release - Become a student coach & develop leadership skills

5 February 2019

College students between year 11 and 13 who would like to learn how to coach, or improve their coaching ability, are invited to attend the free Sport Wellington Student Coaching workshops being held on 18 February at the ASB Sports Centre, Wellington and 19 February at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua. The workshops cater to students, many of whom may be trying coaching for the first time.

“From previous years, we know that students get involved in coaching to give back to their school, to extend their knowledge on the multiple aspects of sport, or to fill coaching positions for school teams because, for whatever reason, a teacher or parent isn’t able to do it,” said Tim Mannix, Community Coach Advisor, Sport Wellington.

The Student Coaching workshops provide the attendees with a ‘coaching toolkit’ to build their coaching confidence and equip them with the skills to provide a positive experience for those they are coaching.  Learning how to create a positive experience helps to encourage ongoing participation in the sport by the participants and also increases the enjoyment of the coach - and the likelihood of them continuing to coach.

The workshops will provide training on; communication skills, understanding the role of the coach, athlete centred coaching, and how to coach a skill. There is also a session which focuses on planning, where students will learn how to design a coaching activity or session aiming to get athletes and teams to think, move, and communicate.

Summer sports that will be covered in the February workshops are: Volleyball, Touch, Futsal and Floorball.  In May the winter sports will be covered: Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Rugby, and other sports if there is demand for them.  To see the list of dates and venues visit www.sportwellington.org.nz/support-and-development under the Athletes and Coaches tab.

Some in-school workshops are taking place in the Wellington region, so students can participate at their own school: Chilton St James, Newlands College, Onslow College, Queen Margaret College, St Pats Silverstream, St Catherines College, St Marys College, Wellington Girls College, Upper Hutt College and Heretaunga College.

All student coaches will receive a branded bag, bottle and whistle. If you want to get involved, talk to the Sports Coordinator at your school or email Tim Mannix, Sport Wellington on info@sportwellington.org.nz to register your interest or for more information.

 

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For more information

Tim Mannix

Community Coach Advisor

Email: info@sportwellington.org.nz

Ph: 04 380 2070

 

Workshop dates:

 

Summer sports

18 February at ASB Sports Centre, Wellington

19 February at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

 

Winter sports

8 May in Wairarapa

13 May at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

14 May at ASB Sports Centre, Wellington

17 May at Nga Purapura, Otaki

21 May at Walter Nash Stadium, Lower Hutt

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