Coaches play an integral role in the fabric of the New Zealand sporting system. Along with parents, teachers and caregivers, coaches have a huge influence on the young people they work with. To enrich and improve the quality of experience young people have when participating sport, it is important to develop and nurture the coaches who deliver these experiences. 

Coach development is a core activity in an effective coaching system. Nuku Ora works alongside a number of National and Regional Sport Organisations, as well as secondary schools across the Wellington Region to support the delivery of coach development opportunities.

For more information, contact Graham Witts, Community Development Lead - Coaching and Participation on 

Coach Development

The majority of Coach Development work in Wellington is undertaken by Regional Sport Organisations. They run their own courses so check out the coaching section on their websites. During the year, Nuku Ora offers generic opportunities for coach development via the Student Coaching Programme and the School Coaches Workshop which takes place in November 2023. Find out more about upcoming workshops below.  

Coach Developer Network

Nuku Ora works in collaboration with the Coach Development Managers/Leads for the Regional Sports organisations in Wellington to support the mahi they are doing with their Coach Developers. Coach Developers play an important role in a formal setting (teaching, training, assessing) as well as in the way coaches are supported and nurtured on the job (mentoring, positive support). 

Our Coach Developer Network gives feedback on the areas of knowledge they would like to offer to their Coach Developers and as a result workshops, speakers, resources are provided to them. 

Upcoming Workshops

One-Day Coach Developer Workshop 

Sunday 19 March 

Expressions of Interest close Friday 10 February 

Express your Interest 

Courageous & Crucial Conversations 

Held online on Thursday 16 February 2023

Led by Ann Hay, Kelly Hynson, George Jahnke and Graham Witts 

Click here to view recording 

Sport NZ Coach Development Opportunities 

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Student Coaching

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