Sport & Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) is dedicated to getting New Zealanders enjoying and excelling through sport and recreation.

   Over the next six years, we will focus on providing opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in recreation every day and getting more New Zealanders winning on the world stage.

   We invest more than $70 million each year to achieve our vision, which is:

Everyone. Every day. Enjoying and excelling through sport and recreation.

To achieve this we have identified five priority areas:

  1. Young New Zealanders (0-18 years)
  2. Grassroots Sport
  3. Recreation
  4. Partner Capability
  5. High Performance
Foreword SPARC Strategic Plan 2009-2015

Taking Coaching into the Future

High Performance Coaches

   The Principles of Coaching Level 1 course is aimed at coaches with limited coaching experience. It provided the practical skills and knowledge required to plan, conduct, and evaluate a basic coaching session.

   The Principles of Coaching Level 2 course targets coaches seeking more information to improve their knowledge and the performance of their athletes. Its intention is to extend understanding on the art and science of coaching and apply knowledge and skills to coaching a series of sessions. <>

   The Principles of Coaching Level 3 course focuses on obtaining optimal performances from both the coach and the athlete, by encouraging coaches to examine their approach to coaching and their coaching methods.

Coach Development Facilitator Materials

   Links to modules and resources that have been designed for national sporting organisations (NSOs) to develop their own programmes for training coach development facilitators. Coach development facilitators are the people who train the coaches.

  Materials for the eight modules are listed in the table below. The Survival Pack module provides a general overview for coach development facilitators, and it is recommended that this module is delivered first.

Getting Started as a Coach

Coach development framework

There is an increased emphasis on:

  • 'how' rather than 'what' to coach
  • ongoing flexible professional development of coaches
  • support for coaches to practise athlete-centred coaching
  • coaching in practice, rather than theoretically based learning.
Coach development & education

   Coaching is about sharing knowledge and experience, making sport fun, and helping athletes to reach their potential. Coaches help make sport happen in New Zealand.

The Principles of Sports Coaching LEVEL 1

Module One: The Role of the Coach

Module Two: Communication

Module Three: Growth and Development

Module Four: Mental Skill Training

Module Five: Physical Preparation

Module Six: Introduction to Skill Analysis

Module Seven: Coaching a Skill

Module Eight: Sport Safety

Module Nine: Planning a Coaching Session
The Principles of Sports Coaching LEVEL 2

Module One: The Art of Coaching

Module Two: Anatomy of the Athlete

Module Three: Physical Preparation

Module Four: Sport Safety

Module Five: Introduction to Biomechanics

Module Six: Skill Acquisition

Module Seven: Sport Psychology

Module Eight: Nutrition in Sport

Module Nine: Coaching a Series of Sessions


Volunteers - the heart of sport

    Volunteers form the backbone of sport and recreation in New Zealand. Volunteers are incredibly important at every level. Without grassroots helpers, sports simply wouldn’t happen – and players could never advance to world-class level.

Volunteers are the Heart of our Sports

Finding and Keeping Volunteers