Coach and Official Leadership Program

Sport and Recreation (WA), a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will deliver a pilot Coach and Official Leadership Program in Western Australia.

This series of workshops are designed to assist in the development of leadership skills among WA coaches and officials operating in the talent development environment and looking to progress along the pathway within their particular discipline.


  • Leading Self and Enhancing Emotional Intelligence
    Monday 26 March 2018
  • Resilience and Mental Toughness
    Monday 30 April 2018
  • Effective Communication for Leaders
    Monday 21 May 2018
  • Managing Others, Change Management and Negotiation
    Monday 18 June 2018

Note: All modules will be delivered after hours between 5.30pm – 9.00pm, so applicants will need to be available during these hours. All modules will be delivered at Sport and Recreation (WA) office in Leederville. Applicants should note these dates in their calendars until the candidates are selected and confirmed.

Applications for the full workshop series will open on Thursday 1 March 2018 and close on Thursday 15 March 2018.

A maximum of 20 candidates will be selected for the program, with successful applicants determined through an application and selection process.

Leading Self and Enhancing Emotional Intelligence

This 3 hour workshop explores understanding self through DISC Sport Data interpretation also understanding different emotions and how to manage them. Themes include:

  • Interpretation of DISC (behavioral and relationship style) profiles
  • Growth vs Fixed mindsets
  • The importance of emotional intelligence to leadership and high quality relationships
  • Identifying different emotions and how to manage them in self and others.

Resilience and Mental Toughness

This 3 hour module explores how to reduce stress, create proactive and reactive resilience strategies, and enhance emotional resilience for personal effectiveness. Themes include:

  • Complete Mental Toughness Index
  • How to reduce stress and navigate moods, feelings and difficult days
  • Gain a range of proactive and reactive resilience strategies
  • Develop skills and strategies to improve emotional resilience for personal effectiveness.

Effective Communication for Leaders

This 3 hour workshop invites participants to reflect on their communication behaviors, understand mature and honest conversations, and discusses practical tips on being open. Themes include:

  • Identify and reflect on own communication behaviours and help others identify it in themselves
  • Understand what it means to have professional, mature and honest conversations
  • Understand why people struggle to be open and talk straight
  • Practical tips to have authentic conversations and encourage others to be more open.

Managing Others, Change Management and Negotiation

This 3 hour workshop focuses on enhancing listening skills and building rapport, understanding motivators for creating change, and identifying various negotiation styles. Themes include:

  • Conflict management, develop/maintain networks/relationships by listening and building rapport, manage difficulties into positive outcomes
  • Accept there are no normal or abnormal ways of reacting to change
  • Identify various negotiation styles and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Handle objections, defuse resistance and encourage people to be more cooperative
  • Develop strategies for dealing with tough or unfair tactics.


$100 for the 4-workshop series (payable once successful applicants are notified).

* For this pilot program, the preference is for applicants to be available to attend all 4 modules, however consideration may be given to applicants who can attend 3 of the 4 modules.

Participant expectations

The success of the program is dependent upon committed and dedicated participants who are seeking to play an active leadership role in delivering success in the talent development environment. Places are strictly limited, so those wishing to be accepted onto the program must be committed to:

  • learning new ways to lead in the talent development environment
  • being stretched and challenged
  • being an active participant in the program, including being able to commit the time and effort required to complete the profiling tool prior to the first module commencing and post-workshop reflection exercises
  • actively sharing learnings in your sport
  • attending the full workshop series (*refer note above).

Application process

  1. Complete and submit your online application form by close of business, Thursday 15 March 2018
  2. Each application must include a summary of your coaching/officiating CV and aspirations in this area (1 page maximum)
  3. Applications will be consolidated and considered by an Sport and Recreation (WA) selection panel. All applicants will receive notification of the selection process outcome by Monday 19 March 2018.

For further information, please email