Development Coaches

"Development Coaches support a wide range of participants, including young people who continue in organised sport through the later years of primary school, secondary school students in both the school and club settings, and adults who continue to play organised sport in a non-elite environment."


Sport New Zealand's Coaching Strategy linked with the Athlete Pathway

Development Coaches:

  • Nurture a love of multiple sports
  • Focus on skill development and decision making
  • Reinforce ethical approaches to sport and recreation
  • Provide for participant need and aspiration

Who Development Coaches Are:

Development Coaches can come from anywhere – it’s not about ‘who’ you are, but rather whether you understand and care about the development of young people and adult non-elite participants in sport.

Typically Development Coaches Are:

  • Parents
  • Primary and secondary school teachers
  • Club coaches
  • Regional sports development officers
  • Older secondary school students
  • Tertiary students

The Ideal Development Coach Will:

  • Nurture a love of multiple sports
  • Focus on skill development and decision making
  • Understand the needs of participants in the participate phase – primarily intermediate and secondary school children and adult non-elite participants
  • Reinforce ethical approaches to sport and recreation
  • Provide for participants need and aspirations
  • Understand that they are in the business of creating not only better athletes, but better people
  • Have a sense of working in a wider coaching community with similar goals

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Contact Us

If you would like more information related to Development Coaches, please contact Sport Canterbury's Michael De Bono.

Michael De Bono
Christchurch
03 373 5035

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