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National coaching strategy launched

National coaching strategy launched

Sports and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard today launched a significant strategy for coaching in New Zealand at Wellington's Newtown Primary School.

The development of the New Zealand Coaching Strategy signals the most significant changes to be made to coaching in New Zealand for many years. The strategy was developed by SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) following consultation with coaches nationwide.

“This strategy has three main objectives. It aims to increase the quality and the amount of time coaches have to focus on coaching, and to ensure coaches receive more recognition for their work and that coaching is viewed as a rewarding experience," Trevor Mallard said.

"Lastly, it aims to improve the quality of coach education, ensuring that coaches have ongoing pathways for further professional development."

Trevor Mallard said the government is investing approximately $7m into coaching over the coming year.

“This government recognises that without having the right systems and support structures for our coaches, our kids are going to be put off participating in sport, and our elite athletes are going to struggle to succeed on the world stage.

"We are single-minded about building a world-class coaching environment in New Zealand. This involves connecting the key players in coaching so we work together with a shared purpose.

"The needs of the people being coached have shaped this strategy so that everything in it is applicable and relevant. With this strategy we now have the ability to create a world-class environment."

The extension of another major coaching initiative – CoachCorp – was also announced. CoachCorp has been successfully piloted in Auckland and is now to be extended into Wellington. It involves companies giving their employees periods of paid time off work to coach, manage or officiate school or club sport.

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