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A new era for community coaching

04 November 2022

Over the last 12 months, community coaching has embarked on its biggest transformation in more than 4 decades after the ASC unveiled its modern approach to coaching.

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More than 50 sports are working with the Australian Sports Commission to modernise their approach to coaching. Photo: Golf Australia

Developed in collaboration with the sport sector, the new approach sees coach education being delivered differently. The overall goal is to create the best possible sporting experience for participants.

"This new approach has the power to reshape the Australian sporting landscape. Through helping half a million community coaches around the country to provide a fun, safe and inclusive sporting experience, we can expect to see the volume of people participating in sport soar in the coming years,’’ said ASC CEO Kieren Perkins OAM.

The ASC has so far engaged with more than 50 sports to help revolutionise their coaching approaches and reboot their education and training.

One of these sports is Hockey Australia, who since partnering with the ASC, has launched its National Coaching and Officiating Framework, aiming to strengthen and upskill its coaches and officials.

“We’re excited to see the results of the new approach throughout our sport from grassroots through to high performance,’’ said Hockey Australia Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel Michael Johnston.

"In 5 years, we expect to see highly engaged, quality coaches and officials who enjoy their time in our sport and take pride in creating positive sporting environments that meet the needs of the people they are involved with. The entire hockey community will benefit, and more Australians will want to be involved at all levels.’’

To help sports take that first step, all coaches now have access to a free world-class, online course, following the launch of the ASC’s ‘Community Coaching — Essential Skills’ course.

The course has received international attention, as unlike traditional coach education, it focuses on servicing the needs and motivations of the individuals.

"Being a coach is more than just skills and drills. The environment a coach creates is critical to providing a positive sporting experience that encourages more people to play and stay in organised sport,” Perkins said.

This piece of work aligns with one of the ASC's key strategic pillars: 'A thriving organised sport sector' which is outlined in the 2021-22 Annual Report.

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