Coaching Courses

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Sport Manawatu Grassroots Coaching Course 

This course is suitable for those who cannot access their own sport modules or who have an interest in
gaining some broader generic ideas about their coaching process. The topics are presented in accordance with the Sport NZ Coach Development Framework and are therefore easily recognised and accepted as self-directed learning options by both National Sports Organisations and Regional Sports Organisations.

The topics covered are as follows and have both a theory and practical component.
  • The role of the coach
  • The coaching process
  • Teaching a skill
  • Session components 

These coaching courses will be run based on demand. If you would like to attend a course, please register below andyou will be informed when and where the next course will be held.


Click here to register for the Grassroots Coaching Course

If you would like to speak to Sport Manawatu regarding this course please phone Wesley Clarke on (06) 357 5349 or

 Growing Coaches

Growing Coaches is a Sport New Zealand programme that is designed to support the development of student coaches.


What is Growing Coaches? 

Growing Coaches is a leadership programme that provides a platform for the development of young coaches in secondary schools
The programme involves eight hours of learning about coaching; 4 hours of generic and 4 hours of sport-specific. Coaches deliver 15 hours of coaching experience

Why should schools use Growing Coaches?

Want to run a leadership programme where coaching is the context for learning
Want to give students the tools to begin coaching and continue to develop as coaches

How do schools use Growing Coaches?

The programme is flexible and can be delivered in a number of different ways to suit your school’s needs:

As part of the Physical Education programme, aligned to NCEA achievement standards
As part of a sport leadership course
As a separate student-coach development programme, possibly outside of class hours

What resources are available?

A number of resources are available from the Sport New Zealand website to assist schools with delivering Growing Coaches:

Growing Coaches Programme Guide
Growing Coaches Journal
Growing Coaches Gear Bag
Facilitator workshop guidelines

4 x workshop presentations

Workshop 1 What is Coaching?
Workshop 2 Designing great coaching sessions
Workshop 3 Games approach 
Workshop 4 Coach leadership

How does the programme connect with the New Zealand Curriculum?

Growing Coaches does not have to be connected to the New Zealand Curriculum for delivery within a school. However if schools wish to assess students for NCEA achievement standards these can be done at level 1, 2 and 3 and assessment examples can be found on the Sport New Zealand website.

Achievement standards that closely match the Growing Coaches programme include:

AS 90966 (1.5) Setting the Scene 
AS 90966 (1.5) Using interpersonal skills to coach an athlete or team
AS 90967 (1.6) Can we improve performance
AS 90969 (1.8) Coaching encourages participation
AS 91328 (2.2) Using Knowledge to improve
AS 91332 (2.6) Coaching a team

For more information please visit the Sport New Zealand website.


If you would like to speak to Sport Manawatu regarding this course please phone Wesley Clarke on (06) 357 5349 or


Specific Sport Coaching

Check our Grabasport page to find contact details for the sport you are looking for and ask what they can offer. Click here