September Coaching Update from Sport Auckland.
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Jeff Mitchell: Community Coach Advisor for Sport Auckland and GACU.
Welcome to the September Coaching Update for Sport Auckland. In this update we have a summary of the coach development work we have done this month, information on upcoming workshops, the latest issue of Taking charge of your coach development, and some interesting coaching blogs for you to check out.

As we will be wrapping up the Taking charge of your coach development series at the end of the year, we have included in this update a very short survey to get your ideas of what you would like to see in a new series of articles for 2014. Please take a minute to complete this survey.

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Jeff Mitchell
Community Coach Advisor
Sport Auckland / GACU


August Workshops
During August we ran a number of workshops:
  • We held a successful Match Day Coaching workshop on the 6th of August where we looked at how you can take an athlete-centred approach to match days. We had coaches from a range of sports attend and share ideas.
  • We held a Mental Skills workshop in conjunction with Auckland Football. We will be repeating this workshop during September for coaches from other sports to attend.
  • With Auckland Football we also held the first of a series of 5 workshops working with a number of their coach educators to develop their facilitation skills.
  • With Auckland Bowls we delivered a workshop looking at values for their High Performance players.


Here are some workshops taking place this month:
Mental Skills Workshop
Our next coaching workshop,  Mental Skills, focuses on motivation and goal setting. This workshop is now full, however, we will be operating a waiting list, so if you would like to attend please register below. If anyone is unable to attend then you will be contacted.
The workshop will be held at the Sport Auckland offices on Wednesday 11th September, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. You can register for the workshop here:

Coach Smart Workshop

We also have a Coach Smart workshop taking place on Tuesday 22nd October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This workshop looks at how to plan for safe, age-appropriate coaching sessions. This workshop will also be held at the Sport Auckland offices. You can register for the Coach Smart workshop here:
GACU will be bringing Ralph Pim out again this year. Ralph is an expert in character and leader development through sport. On September 25th he will be delivering a workshop titled "Building championship teams in sports through an athlete-centered model". The workshop details are as follows:

September 25th
Team Sports Building, Level 1, Bruce Pulman Park
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$20 per person.

You can register for the workshop online:

You can download a flyer for the workshop here.

For more information please email

In conjunction with Auckland Football Federation I will be running a Developing Skilled Athletes workshop with Auckland Football, which runs across two sessions. The first session is Thursday 3rd October and the follow up session Thursday 7th November . This workshop will be held at Auckland Football and registrations can be made online:
Auckland Football have said that they are happy for coaches from outside of football to attend.

Auckland Football will be running a Senior Level 1 coaching course specifically for female coaches. This course will be taking place on Saturday 7th September at Mt Smart Stadium, 9am - 5pm. The course costs $115. You can download a flyer here and for more information please contact Steven Dillon: 

You can read more about the Senior Level 1 course here.
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Jeff Mitchell
09 623 7913

Coach Development

Taking charge of your coach development
Click on the picture above to download Issue 11 of Taking charge of your coach development. In this issue we look at how you can network with other coaches to learn through a Community of Practice. You can also read the article online here

The article talks briefly about other forms of social learning. You can take advantage of these by following GACU on Twitter, Facebook and through their website. You can also follow Jeff on Twitter, Facebook and online

We have two more issues to go of the Taking charge of your coach development series. The focus of this series of articles has been how you can take responsibility for how you improve your coaching, by taking a structured approach. Next year we will launch a new series of articles on a new topic. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered in detail across a series of 10 articles then tell us by completing this short (only 2 questions) survey:
Sport NZ Coach Mag

Sport NZ produce a Coach Mag which has a range of articles. Each month we will link to one article that may be of interest to you. You can subscribe to the Coach Mag here.

This month we highlight an article on the development of an Equestrian Coach Development programme. One of the key messages from the article is the need to make coach education specific to the needs of the coaches attending: "I looked at the material and I said, if it hasn’t got a horse in it they won’t come". You can read the article here.
The focus of this month's reflective questions is the development of your self-awareness. These questions will help you to understand your emotions and their impact on your coaching. By examining these questions following a session you will have a better understanding of how your coaching is affected by what you think and what you feel.
Reflective Questions 4:
Q1 How was I feeling at the start of the session? What impact did this have on how I coached? 

Q2 Did I get frustrated at any point during the session? Why was this?

Q3 What did I enjoy the most about coaching this session? Why did I enjoy this aspect?

If you identify situations that cause you to become frustrated, have a think about what you can do to manage this frustration in future so that it does not impact on your coaching.
Coaching Blogs
This month we have a couple of blogs that have articles on a range of topics and a blog on Talent ID from GACU and Harbour Sport Coaching Manager Dave Keelty.
The Sport Information Resource Centre has a huge number of articles in the archives of their blog on a wide range of topics:

For a range of articles on leadership, coaching practice and working with athletes you can visit Athlete Assessments:

Dave Keelty from GACU and Harbour Sport has been writing a series of articles on Talent ID, which you can read here.

And if you haven't viewed them already then I have a number of articles on my blog:
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