Coaching Development

Coaches can be the key that unlocks potential, supporting athletes to develop skill and strategy, and understand the science behind their training and development.

To support the strength of coaching available to cyclists, Cycling New Zealand offers courses and coach training at all levels for Road, Track, Mountain Bike, and BMX. We also deliver instructor training, growing a network of support to encourage more people to get into cycling, and perform at the level they aspire to.

In 2020 we surveyed coaches to better understand what we can do to develop coaches (across codes) throughout New Zealand. Gratefully we had an enormous response, and this has informed our planning for 2021.

Four key themes that came out of the survey were:

  1. Coaches want to see a visible pathway of opportunities to develop.
  2. Coaches want us to provide best practice (code specific) technical and tactical information.
  3. Coaches want us to provide more detailed information on how to manage diverse groups of riders.
  4. Coaches want us to provide mentoring and on the job experiences.

In response to this, we have put together the following framework with many opportunities to develop. It is by no mistake that development  takes time and practice. The opportunities highlighted below are provided through Cycling New Zealand, however others can be self-initiated with your club, centre, region, or through other sports, coaches or industries. By experiencing all of these learning environments you will discover what you want and need to work on to develop your coaching.

Last update: 19/07/21

The following coach development opportunities are coming up. Check in regularly to see more opportunities added to the list.

When

What

Who for

Focus

Registration links

August 10th 7:30-9pm Mountain bike Downhill and XCO Olympic learnings webinar All MTB Register here
August 17th, 7-8:30pm Developing sprinters part 2 and Olympic learnings All Track Register here
September 16th, 7:30-9pm Paralympic learnings All Track Register here
September National Track series workshop, Cambridge All Track NTS info here

 

Framework for developing as a coach:

 Learning environments  What is available
 Formal courses
  1. Cycling New Zealand coaching courses
  2. Cycling New Zealand webinars
  3. Cycling New Zealand workshops such as the National Track series
  4. Regional sports trust coach development workshops
  5. Online courses
  6. University short courses and degrees
  7. High performance sport New Zealand
  8. Sport New Zealand
 Competition learning - learning from others at events, and coaching at events that are challenging for you (beyond your current comfort level)

Examples include:

  1. A club coach coaching at national championships
  2. A regional coach coaching at an international event such as Oceania champs
  3. A development performance coach coaching at an international event such as a World Cup
Experiential learning - on the job coaching and learning from coaching

 Examples include:

  1. Volunteering for schools, clubs, teams, centres or facilities. Or coaching individuals.
  2. Applying for a Cycling New Zealand HUB internship
  3. Learning 'on-the-job'
Observational learning - watching others

Examples include:

  1. Observing other coaches coach cycling or another sport
  2. Watching your local club event and reflecting, what are the demands of the event? What are the athletes doing? What do I need to do, to help prepare athletes for the demands of the event? Is what I am currently doing to reflect the event demands?
 Mentoring

 Examples include:

  1. Organise a coffee with a cycling coach you admire, or a video call and chat to them
  2. Getting another coach to observe you coaching (they can be a cycling coach, or another sport coach) and give you feedback
  3. Organise to talk to a Cycling New Zealand coach development mentor
Cross-sport/industry learning

Examples include:

  1. Online, workshops or in person learning with teachers, leaders and other industries
  2. Spending time with other sports coaches and other sports organisations