“Performance Coaches support that narrower range of athletes who have shown extra ability and have moved onto some sort of district or regional representative sport at either a youth or adult level."
Sport New Zealand's Coaching Strategy Linked with the Athlete Pathway
The Athletes They Coach:
Performance Coaches support that narrower range of athletes who have shown special ability, and have moved on to some type of district or regional representative sport at either a youth or adult level.
Who Performance Coaches Are:
Performance Coaches require considerable coaching experience and a high degree of knowledge within their sport. They are often in part-time professional roles where they are contracted by Regional or National Sports Organisations.
Typically Performance Coaches Are:
- Experienced Development Coaches who have shown ability in coaching more talented athletes
- Former elite players who have shown a desire to become involved in coaching
- Former high performance coaches who no longer have the time to be involved at a high performance level
- Professionals who coach for a living
The Ideal Performance Coach Will:
- Nurture a love of competing and being the best you can be
- Focus on skill development and decision making in a competitive environment
- Understand the needs of athletes in the Perform phase – primarily youth and senior athletes competing at representative level
- Help athletes develop a wider sense of sporting ethics
- Provide appropriate sequenced development opportunities and guidance
- Understand that they are in the business of creating not only better athletes, but better people and role models for younger participants
- Have a sense of working in a wider coaching community with similar goals