Mentoring opportunity for Great Southern coaches
Coaches in the Great Southern Region have the opportunity to receive mentoring from Australian Sports Commission trained coaches through the Great Southern coach mentoring program.
22 August 2012
The Program aims to improve the quality of coaching within the region by providing current coaches with a more experienced coach as a mentor.
“Mentoring has long been recognised as a useful tool to recruit, educate and enthuse coaches and by having mentors passing on their real life knowledge it gives development coaches a new insight into different coaching approaches,” Coach Mentor Program Steering Committee Member Brent Sheridan said.
The Department of Sport and Recreation Great Southern office and Great Southern Coaches Club have developed the pilot program to support development level coaches with improving their skills under the guidance of an experienced and enthusiastic mentor.
“All of our mentors have more than five years coaching experience, a Level 2 coaching qualification or similar experience and have coached elite athletes, development squads or assisted with coaching country squads across a range of sports so the information they have is invaluable and will provide excellent support to the development coaches,” Samantha Stevens, Department of Sport and Recreation Great Southern Acting Regional Manager said.
The program works by matching development coaches with a mentor for a minimum of four contact sessions where they will be provided with support, guidance and feedback to improve their coaching skills.
“Coaches are role models in their communities and therefore play a crucial role in the development of players and sport so providing them with the skills they need to fulfil this role is very important,” said Brent.
In order to be eligible for the program coaches must have a NCAS Level 1 or higher sport specific coaching qualification, at least two years coaching experience, be a Great Southern Coaches Club member and must be 18 years or older.
The mentors consist of 10 skilled coaches with experience across a wide range of sports including; Terry Eaton for AFL and cricket, Peter Muller for athletics and table tennis, Merryn Bojcun for carriage driving, Denise Legge for equestrian, Adam Scott for hockey, Phil McKechnie for swimming, Andy Walsh for soccer, David Kerr for tennis, Phil Gilbert for AFL and Adrian Masters for basketball.
Applications are now open with application forms available from Department of Sport and Recreation Great Southern, ph: 9892 0100, and must be returned by 27 August 2012.