College Students Qualify as Sports Coaches


Thanks to funding from Sport NZ and the commitment and continued support of a number of regional sport development officers, Sport Tasman has been able to offer colleges throughout our region the opportunity to undertake sport specific coach training as part of the Growing Coaches initiative.

Since the programme began in March this year, approximately 70 students from Waimea College, Nayland College, Nelson College for Girls and Nelson Community College have qualified as sports coaches by undertaking introductory level coach education programmes in netball, rugby, football, basketball and hockey.

In addition two year 10 Rai Valley Area School students, Nyrin, who coaches softball and Olivia, who coaches hockey and their teacher Steph Stuart, had the opportunity to attend the Sport NZ ‘Growing Coaches’ Forum that was held in Auckland last month.

Nyrin and Olivia, year 10 Rai Valley Students, proudly wearing their Growing Coaches T-shirts that they received at the Youth Coaches Forum in Auckland in April 2014.

The two students (pictured) were amongst more than 150 young coaches from across the country who were selected to attend the Growing Coaches Forum which focused on developing both generic and sport specific coaching skills and was a reward for their school’s commitment to the Growing Coaches programme and for giving up their time to volunteer as sports coaches in their area. Both students received a coach pack and a much prized Growing Coaches T-shirt from Sport NZ and described the opportunity as ‘awesome’ and ‘inspiring’.

Sport Tasman hopes that more colleges and regional sports organisations will become involved as the year progresses. For more information, or to become involved in the Growing Coaches initiative, please contact Julie Price, Advisor Community Sport on 03 923 2322.