Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

World Cup Boost for NZ Grassroots Football Coaching

World Cup Boost for NZ Grassroots Football Coaching
November 27, 2009

Junior football teams around New Zealand are to be backed by 3,500 newly trained coaches for the 2010 winter season.

New Zealand Football (NZF) aim to achieve the ambitious target of new 'Small Whites' coaches through free delivery of coach education to parents, and others involved at the sportâs grassroots.

With interest in football reaching new levels following the All Whitesâ qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, New Zealand Football see the offer of free coaching courses, which cost between $35-$50 last season, as a key step in creating a new wave of 'football families' with a lifelong relationship with the game.

NZF Director of Football Development John Herdman explains "junior football is often the first taste of the whole football experience for mum, dad and child ... and the coach is at the heart of that experience.

"You can have bad weather, you can have bumpy pitches but good coaches can stimulate, captivate and create a wonderful environment for mum, dad and the child.

"We want to create outstanding coaches at the junior level to raise the quality of the junior experience to a point where we capture not only the child but also football families through to the age of 11, 12 and 13. When kids hit that age where they have typically dropped out of the sport, their love for the game that started with a quality coaching experience will see them carry on."

Herdman also expects many of the new breed of coaches to follow their children up through the grades, adding "the aim is to create a high quality experience for Mum and Dad without all the rigours of a formal classroom setting. They'll come out of it equipped and confident to deliver fun, stimulating sessions for their players and in turn will enjoy the coaching experience more.

"For many of them it will be a survival guide for the season but for others it could be the first step of a new coaching journey, moving through the grades with their children into youth and senior football."

The courses, delivered by NZF trained coach educators, form part of an overall coach development framework built on short, flexible, and player-focussed coaching for all levels of the sport.

Herdman concluded "we're aiming to build highly effective coaches right across junior, youth and senior levels because the communities are all intertwined, albeit with different demands.

"We're into our third season now and every year weâre adding more opportunities for coaches to tap into bite-sized modules that help them deliver content appropriate for the age and needs of the actual players standing in front of them at every training session."

The courses will begin in February.

Further details are available from New Zealand Football via email enquiries@nzfootball.co.nz or at www.nzfootball.co.nz

13th November 2009 - AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FACE ON AND OFF THE FIELD ARABIAN GULF FOOTBALL RIVALRIES


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PULSETEC SOLUTIONS

PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Technology / Venues

 
 

The Pool Enclosure Company

Welcome to The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC). We provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

Mattioli

Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…

read more

Aquatics / Recreation / Safety

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology

 
 

AEROBIC MICROPHONES AUSTRALIA

Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business