CoachForce is a nationally driven, regionally delivered programme involving Sport NZ, National Sport Organisations, Regional Sport Organisations and Regional Sports Trusts. It focuses on;

  • Improving the quality of sports coaches within a code, contributing to increased participation in organised sport at a community level.
  • Coaching the coaches by offering development and support through training and mentoring.
  • Providing a developmental pathway for coaches.
  • Recruiting and inducting coaches
  • Coaching coaches - offering them development and support
  • Providing opportunities for coaches to coach
  • Giving coaches appropriate recognition for their work
  • Retaining coaches by ensuring they have positive and enjoyable coaching experiences

More information can be obtained from the Sport NZ website.

There are currently five CoachForce Officers in the Tasman Region including hockey, distance running, rowing, football and basketball.


"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't - you're right!"
Henry Ford

CoachForce Officers

Sam Dempster
Basketball CoachForce Officer
03 547 6419

Craig Brett
Hockey CoachForce Officer
03 548 8906

George Campbell
Mainland Football Regional Development Officer
03 547 5600

Distance Running
Greg Lautenslager
Director/Head Coach National Academy of Distance Running
03 547 5600