Growing Coaches




Banner Photo: Rai Valley Area School Students and their PE teacher, Steph Stuart, pictured with George Campbell, Nelson Bays Football GDM and Julie Price, Sport Tasman, at an Introduction to Junior Football Coaching workshop in February 2016.


Growing Coaches is a Sport NZ coach education and leadership programme for secondary school students.
Growing Coaches is designed to:


  •  provide teachers with a leadership programme where coaching is the context for learning
  •  give students the tools to begin coaching and continue to develop as coaches
  •  encourage clubs, regional sport and recreation organisations and schools to work together to mentor and guide young coaches.

Growing Coaches Programme Content:

The Growing Coaches programme consists of:

A minimum of 8 hours of learning about coaching, including sport-specific and self-directed learning from a chosen sport. Some of these hours can be allocated to an NSO sport specific coaching course, facilitated by an NSO sport specific coach educator.

15 hours of coaching experience - coaching other young people. This can be achieved in sports clubs or as part of primary school field days or, for senior students, as part of their NCEA Physical Education programme. It involves the planning, delivery and evaluation of coaching session.


Photo above: Students From Nelson College for Girls and Waimea College at a Starting out in Coaching Netball course in May 2014.

The learning content can be taught at all levels in a secondary school. For those who use it for senior school students it has been aligned to Physical Education achievement standards.

Secondary schools may have the expertise amongst teachers and sports coordinators to deliver the programme or may require assistance from a Community Sport Advisor at Sport Tasman, who can support the delivery of some of the content.

Connecting to the Curriculum:

The Growing Coaches Programme can be connected to the NZ Curriculum and to NCEA achievement standards. Students who are coaching an athlete or a team will be able to provide evidence of learning for level one, two and three achievement standards.

The Growing Coaches Programme Guide is a comprehensive resource that provides information for teachers on how to deliver the programme, including a list of achievement standards that Growing Coaches may be aligned to.

Growing Coaches Resources

Three Growing Coaches Programme resources have been developed for facilitators and students to develop the learning and coaching content of the programme:


  • Growing Coaches Teachers Programme Guide

This resource provides information for facilitators on how to deliver the programme and provides information about the principles, strategies and philosophies of coaching. This resource is available to download FREE from the Sport New Zealand website.






  • Growing Coaches Coach Journal

Provides students with coaching information, activities to complete and session planning templates. This journal forms part of the assessment process for successful completion of Growing Coaches. This resource is available to download FREE from the Sport New Zealand website.






  • Growing Coaches Gear Bag

A booklet full of game ideas for coaches to use when coaching. The games are based on a game sense approach to coaching and encourage student coaches to use teaching games for understanding when coaching. This resource is available to download FREE from the Sport New Zealand website.






The resources can also be purchased as a set or individually;

1. Set of three resources (as listed below) $34.50 plus freight
2. Programme Guide $11.50 plus freight
3. Journal $11.50 plus freight
4. Gear Bag $11.50 plus freight.

Link to Sport NZ Store


Other Useful Links:

1. Growing Coaches facilitator workshops

2. Growing Coaches assessment Guides for Achievement Standards


Want to get involved?

For further information about Growing Coaches please contact:


Photo above: Waimea College Year 12 students coaching in August 2015

Photo above: Students from Motueka High School, Nelson College, Nelson College for Girls and Waimea College at a Tennis NZ Assistant Coaches course held in January 2016.
Students are pictured here with Adam Gard’ner, Tennis NZ Coach Developer (far left) and Alison McQuillan, Nelson Bays Tennis Development Officer (far right)

Photo above: Taylor Zanoni, who is home schooled, successfully completed the NZ Pony Club Level D coaching course in March 2016 at Waimea West Pony Club, thanks to some funding that was provided by Sport Tasman as part of the Growing Coaches programme within our community.



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Les Brown





Contact us:



Julie Price
Advisor - Community Sport
Ph 03 923 2322


Terri Willcocks
Advisor - Community Sport
Ph 03 577 8855


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