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Sporting Schools coaching with Andrew Byrne

Sporting Schools coaching with Andrew Byrne

Andrew Byrne is one of our NSW’s coaches helping deliver athletics to a different group of school children. He is one of our valued coaches in the Australian Sports Commission funded Sporting Schools Program. In this article he provides an understanding of this program and recalls a couple of rewarding moments for him as a coach which highlight the power of sport on wellbeing and confidence. Read more about this program here and his journey. Thanks Andrew for making a difference in the lives of these athletes.

Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (292)/Comments (0)/
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Spark for Sarkies

Spark for Sarkies

An interest to help people was all the spark RICHARD SARKIES needed to graduate from regular runner into coaching. A small group of athletes grew into a squad and club called ‘Hooked on Running’. Read about Richard’s development, motivation and philosophies as a coach and some practical advice to coaching colleagues.

Sunday, 17 September 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (780)/Comments (0)/
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Up and Running - Junior Run Squad Centennial Parklands Sydney

Up and Running - Junior Run Squad Centennial Parklands Sydney

Up And Running is a Junior Run Squad based in Centennial Parklands at Randwick in Sydney.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017/Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Number of views (2378)/Comments (0)/
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Brad Woods - pathway to full-time coaching at Trinity

Brad Woods - pathway to full-time coaching at Trinity

Here is an interesting coaching pathway. Ten years ago, Brad Woods fell into coaching, now he is working full-time at Trinity Grammar, one of the most successful athletics sports programs in Australia, and also coaching across other sports and their elite and development programs. In this interview, Brad talks about the challengers of coaching in the short school year. He also tells us about how he remained patient as coach, while an athlete played three other sports, but eventually returned a successful athletics career.

 

Friday, 17 March 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3567)/Comments (0)/
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Wesfields Sports High’s Coach Mathison

Wesfields Sports High’s Coach Mathison

Former endurance athlete Brett Mathison transitioned into coaching about 10 years ago, and in the last few years started teaching and coaching at the very successful youth development program at Westfields Sports High. Mathison now coaches over 20 athletes, primarily middle-distance, but also in walks and even 400m hurdles. In this interview, he talks about different commitment levels between athletes; and notes the different reasons athletes do athletics.

Thursday, 16 March 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3635)/Comments (0)/
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Coach Angela Leadbeatter

Coach Angela Leadbeatter

Did you know one of NSW’s leading distance runners over the last decade Angela Leadbeatter is also a coach? In this article you can read her views and approach to coaching, highlighting to us all what a great asset she is too our coaching ranks. She particularly notes the need to nurture the very young athlete, including limited training loads, cross training and rest periods
Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (675)/Comments (0)/
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Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 5 November 2017/Categories: Coaching, Coaching Articles

5 Nov 2017

 

Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

 

How many times have you heard an athlete say, I tried athletics at school, enjoyed it, then decided to join an athletics club. It is one of the most common pathways of athletes into our sport. Also as coaches, we know the impact of sport on young people. It can build and improve confidence, fitness, resilience, tolerance, sense of achievement, reward, patience, connection and engagement.

 

To help us achieve this impact on kids, the Australian Sports Commission is funding a program, titled the ‘Sporting Schools Program’. Just imagine if we can introduce twice as many school students to athletics through this fun and enjoyable program, how many more participants will we have in the future?

 

COACHES we need more of you to help us deliver this program and currently have a shortage of qualified coaches. Think of the opportunity you to introduce our great sport to more primary school students. And of-course there is an opportunity to earn income. Sure, you will need to be flexible to be able to deliver the program during school hours (or after), but you maybe a tertiary student, work part-time, retired or self-employed and have this flexibility in your work hours. Read our article about one of these coaches Andrew Byrne to get an insight into the program.

 

How do I qualify to deliver this program?

Very simple, complete the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and hundreds of you already have this qualification and then a four-hour IAAF Kids’ Athletics Upskilling Course. Oh, and of course enjoy imparting know of our sport to kids through games, fun skills and activities !!  Read more about the program (teachers are also qualified)

 

Keen?

The next Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course is Sunday 10 December (at Bankstown, cost $220 to $240), and

IAAF Kids Athletics Upskilling Course is Saturday 6 January (at Homebush, cost $99).

 

To register for the course go to the Athletics NSW coaching page. You can also telephone Andrea at Athletics NSW 02 9746 1122 or andreaberrell@nswathletics.org.au

 

 

If you are a parent/teacher and keen for this program in your school, you should ask the school to embrace this government funded program. You can find out more about this from Tait Forster (tait.forster@athletics.org.au) at Athletics Australia.

 
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