February 2014 Coaching Update from Sport Auckland.
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Jeff Mitchell: Community Sport Advisor for Sport Auckland.
Welcome to the February Coaching Update. At the start of this year I moved from the Community Coach Advisor role that I have held here at Sport Auckland for the past three years to a new Community Sport Advisor role. I will continue to put together these coaching updates until a replacement is found for the Coach Advisor role.

In this update we introduce our new article series: Using your learning edge. Throughout this series we will examine the role of learning and how you can use it to improve your coaching. We also have a coach development opportunity from Auckland Football Federation and details of club visits of NRL teams leading up to the NRL Auckland Nines.

Please feel free to forward this update on to any of your contacts that you feel would benefit from it. Alternatively you can get them to subscribe so that they receive the updates each month.

Jeff Mitchell
Community Sport Advisor
Sport Auckland


December Workshops
We finished off 2013 by running the following workshops:
  • We held our fifth and final session with a group of Coach Educators from Auckland Football
  • We supported Auckland Netball with their induction programme for their representative coaches by holding two workshops, one on team culture and another on goal setting.
For January we held a Developing Skilled Athletes workshop for Auckland Rugby. This session was facilitated by Dave Keelty from Harbour Sport.
This month we provide you with some reflective questions you could ask yourself based on our article theme of learning.
Reflective Questions 8:
Q1 What is an area of my coaching that I could try to learn more about this year?

Q2 What could I learn about my athletes that would help me to coach them more effectively this year?

Q3 What did I learn last year that I can apply to my coaching this year?
Auckland Football Federation Coaches Network Event 
Auckland Football Federation are holding their next Coach Network Event on Sunday 23 February between 9am and 12pm. The theme of the event will be The Modern Coach for The Modern Game. The session will be hosted by Jose Manuel Figueira who has returned after coaching in the United States. I have coached with Jose in the past and he will be a very interesting speaker.

You can view a poster for the event here and the run sheet for the day is here.
Places are limited and are available for just $20 per coach.
Registrations are already open and must be completed online here: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?aID=17423&formID=14305
Free Website Workshop 
Sportsground, in conjunction with Sport Auckland, will be running a free workshop to discuss their website platform and how to get the most from the service. The workshop will cover topics such as online registrations, online payments, team builder, member database management, eNewsletters, Facebook integration, design options, Google integration (documents and calendars), and fundraising opportunities.

The workshop will be held Tuesday 11th of February 2014 from 7:30pm - 9pm.
The venue will be Sport Auckland House (Lyell Creek Room), Alexandra Park, Gate B, Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland.

To register for the workshop click here.
You can also register by emailing support@sportsground.co.nz 
You can download the flyer here and can view the dates for sessions outside of Auckland here.
GACU Mailing List
If you would like to be kept informed of coach development opportunities across the Greater Auckland area then you should sign up to the GACU Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/ETbDP

If you have been passed on this update from a friend then you may also want to join the Sport Auckland Coaching Database.
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Jeff Mitchell
09 623 7913

Coach Development

Using your learning edge
This month we introduce our new series of articles for 2014: Using your learning edge. Throughout this series we will examine the role of learning and look at how we can use it to become more effective coaches. Click on the image above to download the article or read it online here. In this first article we look at what learning is and how it is related to coaching.
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 link to the 10 December 2013 Coach Links which include two article summaries: Elite athlete experiences of great coaching, and, Mindset and success - Carol Dweck presentation. You can view the summaries here.
Coaching Blogs
Dave Keelty, Coaching Manager for Harbour Sport, has recently started a blog:


The Coaching Family link to a number of articles. Their twitter account (@CoachingFamily) is well worth following. 


A blog that was recently recommended to me is the Impress Coaching site. Their archives contain a large number of blog posts.

Coaching Books

The role of the coach when it comes to learning is to create an environment in which learning can take place. In this book John Whitmore talks about how to get the best out of people, by allowing them to take ownership of their learning. The book discusses the GROW model which some of you will be familiar with from some of the workshops that I have held. This is a great book for improving your ability to help others to improve their performance and I highly recommend you read it.

You can view the book on Fishpond.co.nz here.
NRL Auckland Nines Club Visists 
In the lead up to the NRL Auckland Nines each of the 16 teams competing in the Nines will visit an Auckland Rugby League club. To see a schedule of the visits, and if a club near you is involved, please view the schedule here.
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