ON TARGET: The North Coast Academy of Sport held their 2017 Coaching Conference with some exceptional speakers for its 34 participants.
ON TARGET: The North Coast Academy of Sport held their 2017 Coaching Conference with some exceptional speakers for its 34 participants. Supplied

Seminar aims to help sporting coaches kick goals

HAVING the best coach you can is the aim of all athletes looking to constantly improve on their results.

And helping your athletes progress to reach their goals is clearly the target of all good coaches.

So when the North Coast Academy of Sport held their 2017 North Coast Coaches Conference earlier this month, 34 coaches from across a myriad of sporting disciplines attended the two-day event.

NCAS executive officer John Kincade said the seminar titled 'Is your coaching hitting the mark,' held at the Office of Sport's Lake Ainsworth Centre at Lennox Head. was a huge success.

"We had coaches from every sport you could think of,” he said with a smile.

"From rugby, AFL, rowing, netball, surf life saving, swimming and track field to name a few.”

COACHING CONFERENCE: Sports coaches who attended the North Coast Academy of Sport conference included, from left, Will Cotterill (rugby union), Liz Shaw (netball), Simon Woinarski (Office of Sport), Rod Butterfield (rugby union), Hal Holley (swimming) and Wayne Brien.
COACHING CONFERENCE: Sports coaches who attended the North Coast Academy of Sport conference included, from left, Will Cotterill (rugby union), Liz Shaw (netball), Simon Woinarski (Office of Sport), Rod Butterfield (rugby union), Hal Holley (swimming) and Wayne Brien. Supplied

Kincade said NCAS has been hosting coaching works shops since 2000.

He said this year presenters included Netball Queensland's general manager high performance, Richard McInnes, coaching and officiating program coordinator NSW Office of Sport Simon Woinarski, technical director of Liverpool FC International Academy NSW James Gow, and and Tracey Robinson, one of Australia's most expereinced and successful netball coaches.

"The conference targeted those coaches who wished to progress from their current club coach or pre-elite level to that of elite level coach,” he said.

"It also assisted coaches who wanted to upskill their coaching knowledge generally.”

Kincade said NCAS recognises that the success of our athletes is only as good as the quality, skills and experience of our regionally based coaches.

”The majority of our region's coaches are level one accredited and they have difficulty in finding the time to advance their accreditation,” he said.

"As coaches of all levels enjoy coming together to listen to expert presenters and share their own experiences and ideas, we organised some great speakers.”

A key element of the conference was providing aspiring regional coaches with the necessary tools to advance their pathway to elite coach status, Kincade said.

"We need to deliver specific, relevant coaching and mentoring modules to assist that process,” he said.

"Thanks to the support of the NSW Government's Office of Sport, the Academy was able to secure quality presenters who will focus on how mentoring, coach interaction and networking might assist

in their coaching pathway.”

Sessions were presented by professionals within their relevant field of expertise through a variety of suitable learning formats, including lectures, discussion groups, demonstrations and practical sessions.

Kincade said the seminar was integral to the NCAS mission to facilitate the identification and development of talented junior athletes from the North Coast of NSW.

"In order to achieve this mission, the Academy supports talent development programs in partnership with state and regional sporting organisations, and conducts development activities for athletes and coaches,” he said.

Over the past 24 years, the Academy has assisted many athletes to achieve success at state, national and international level and supporting coaches is a big part of this, Kincade said.

"The Academy is confident through this year's conference participants will advance their coaching skills and knowledge,” he said.

"This in turn will benefit the wider North coast sporting community.”



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