Performance Coaches

“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

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If you would like more information related to Performance Coaches, please contact Sport Canterbury's Michael De Bono.

Michael De Bono
Christchurch
03 373 5035

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