Sport Development Programmes

Our aim is to support sport clubs and schools to help develop their capability.  We work with coaches, officials, managers, administrators, club committees and sport directors in both voluntary and paid roles. Scroll down to learn more about:

  • SmartCoach

  • Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)

  • Connecting Sport Volunteers

Smart Coach Workshops

Behind every sports team is an army of workers – usually volunteers – who take on the role of referee, administrator and coach.

SMART Coach is for first-time coaches seeking to support a school level sports team. The programme can lead towards a national qualification and is tailored to the needs of the learners.

This essential programme teaches a first-time coach how to:

  • Manage groups of young people

  • Communicate and impart skills

  • Structure and deliver a coaching session

  • Cope with sideline behaviour of parents and children

  • Get and stay organised

  • Implement effective planning processes.

Key concepts

  • Confidence in coaching

  • Management of athletes

  • Warm up and training styles

  • Team cohesion

  • Nutrition and hydration

  • Other coaching topics, techniques and tips specific to coaching young people

To find out more about Smart Coach workshops, please contact Kim Guest - Volunteer Programme Coordinator.  Phone 027 508 5508 or complete the form below.

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)

This programme follows on from SMART Coach and focuses on tactic-based training.

Learn the ‘why’ before the ‘how’. Identify the tactics of the sport and develop games based around those tactics.

Games are modified and progressive and skills are performed in the context of a game rather than isolated drills. (The games-based approach)

This is another tool for a successful coach.

To find out more about TGFU workshops, please contact Kim Guest - Volunteer Programme Coordinator.  Phone 027 508 5508 or complete the form below.

Connecting Sport Volunteers

This programme aims to increase the connection between
schools, clubs, and volunteers so that volunteers can provide sporting
experiences that encourage players to be lifelong participants.

This programme provides the opportunity to develop as a coach, manager, umpire, or volunteer through frequent workshops during the year. With expert facilitators running each session, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions, share stories, and create new and stronger networks with other like-minded individuals and the organisations that support you.

Long term consequences are extremely positive, as ideally this programme will become sustainable within your school or club, allowing a space for your community to connect on a frequent basis.

Target Groups:

  • Coaches

  • Managers

  • Umpires

  • Sport Volunteers

The programme will allow an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge that will empower learners to better serve their players.

  • Share conversations and stories and connect with others.

  • Gain support from each other and strengthen the sporting community.

  • Be recognized, valued, and supported by the organisations you work for.

  • Increase communication and connection with the school, club, sports.

  • Be inspired to role model school or clubs core values.

  • Empower our volunteers to inspire their players. 

Examples of topics covered:

  • Building connections & how to connect with others.

  • Pre-season, season and tournament planning for team managers and coaches.

  • Team culture “The way we do things around here”.

  • Leadership – coaching approach and team leadership.

  • Modelling skills from Sport NZ “Good Sports” & “Balance is Better” frameworks.

  • Running meetings.

  • Injury prevention.

  • Warm up and Cool downs.

  • Nutrition.

  • Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU).

  • Creating player buy in.

  • Player welfare and wellbeing.

Each session is flexible and tailored to the group's needs.

To find out more about the Connecting Sport Volunteers Programme, please contact Kim Guest - Volunteer Programme Coordinator.  Phone 027 508 5508 or complete the form below.

Coaching and Club Development enquiry

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