Coaches chance to advance

SPORTS coaches and officials have a chance to advance their accreditation when the North Coast Academy of Sport holds its North Coast coaching conference on July 17-18.

The conference will be held at the NSW Sport and Recreation Centre, Lennox Head, and is aimed at keeping coaches up to speed as young athletes continue to impress.

Level 1 accredited coaches will take the greatest benefit from the conference as it provides credits towards the new national coaching accreditation program.

Research suggests that most regional coaches are Level 1 accredited and that most have difficulty finding the time to take the next step.

But this conference will outline a new coaching program that is more flexible.

Level 1 coaches who attend the weekend conference will receive six of the 13 modules required to advance.

Academy of Sport executive director John Kincade said the program provided the perfect opportunity for coaches to advance through the grades.

“We hope that the conference will be a great incentive for existing Level 1 coaches to finally take the step and upgrade their accreditation,” he said.

Kincade said the Northern Rivers was a hotbed for athletic talent and it was important to have coaches who were up-to-date.

“The Academy recognises that the success of our regionally based athletes is only as good as the quality, skills and experience of our regionally based coaches,” he said.

“That is why NCAS is committed to developing community coaches through our region, regardless of whether or not they are currently involved with our NCAS sport programs.”

To download a conference information pack and registration form, go to the NCAS website at or phone the office on 66203073.

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