December Coaching Update from Sport Auckland.
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Jeff Mitchell: Community Coach Advisor for Sport Auckland and GACU.
Welcome to the December Coaching Update. As the year winds down we have been running fewer workshops, however, we have picked up the pace with our planning for 2014. In our last update for the year we continue to provide you with a range of interesting blogs, books, articles and videos to view and learn from. Highlights include our 2014 workshop calendar and the topics for our 2014 series of articles.

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 Coach Advisor
Sport Auckland / GACU


November Workshops
We ran the following workshops during November:
  • We held the second part to our Developing Skilled Athletes workshop for Auckland Football where we examined the use of questioning to develop athlete skill and decision making
  • Also with Auckland Football we held our fourth session developing a group of their Coach Educators.
2014 Workshop Calendar

We have put together a calendar of workshops to get the new year started, with a number of workshops scheduled through to the end of April. These workshops will be held at the Sport Auckland offices. You can register for the workshops, which are free, through the links below. For descriptions of each workshop please go to the coaching section of the Sport Auckland website.

Coach Smart

Monday 24 March 2014 REGISTER
Tuesday 15 April 2014 REGISTER

Goal Setting

Thursday 27 February 2014 REGISTER
Monday 14 April 2014 REGISTER

Match Day Coaching

Monday 24 February 2014 REGISTER
Thursday 20 March 2014 REGISTER

In addition to these workshops we are also running a number of sessions for several sports. Most sports are happy for people from other codes to attend these. For a full list of these workshops please visit the coaching section of the Sport Auckland website.

Coaching Guides

Last month I told you about our First Steps in Coaching Guide that is available to view online ( This month we also have our Community Sport Guide available online. This guide provides a process and a range of ideas for schools and clubs to put together a Coach Management Plan. You can view the guide online here:
Philippines Typhoon Relief Badminton Fundraiser

Auckland Badminton are holding a fundraiser for the Philippines Typhoon relief on Monday 9th December. Click on the image above for more information or view the flyer here.
This month we provide you with some reflective questions you could ask yourself after you have viewed another coach delivering.
Reflective Questions 7:
Q1 What did the coach do that was most effective? How could I incorporate this into my coaching?

Q2 When did the coach intervene and coach the activity? What seemed to be the trigger for them to do so?

Q3 What would I do differently if I was coaching the session? What can I learn from this?


GACU Mailing List
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Jeff Mitchell
09 623 7913

Coach Development

2014 Articles
November saw the final issue in our Taking charge of your coach development series. For 2014 we will be presenting a new series of 10 articles, with the first article being distributed with our February update. The theme for the series will be learning, and we will look at the various facets that it involves. We will do this by looking at their implications for athlete learning (and therefore how you coach) and how you develop your own coaching skills.

The 10 articles will cover the following topics:
  • Learning and coaching
  • The learning edge
  • Readiness to learn
  • Embracing mistakes
  • Learning from winning and losing
  • Practical learning
  • Learning through games
  • Watch and learn
  • Using your learning
  • Furthering your learning.

Emotional intelligence

For those of you that still need to read an article this month, I have linked to an article on Emotional intelligence. To be an effective coach you need to be able to relate to and influence your athletes. Having a strong level of self-awareness - an element of emotional intelligence - is important for being an effective coach. You can read the article online or download a PDF copy.
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 a video article where John Ackland talks with Andrew Eade (Sport NZ's Senior Advisor - Coach and Coaching Development) here.
Coaching Blogs
Our first blog this month is Champion Basketball. On their site they have a number of generic coaching 'lessons' that you can read. You can also sign up for their weekly newsletter:

The Australian Sports Commission have their own Coaching Magazine which has a number of interesting articles:

One of the coaches I learnt a lot from was Mark Carter, a Football coach who was in New Zealand for a few years before returning to the UK. He has a number of good articles on his website, which you can access from his blog page:

Coaching Books

The impact of the mental side of sport on an athlete's performance is huge. In this classic book Timothy Gallwey talks about how people can clear their mind and remove the internal distractions that prevent optimal performance. It discusses how to find the state of "relaxed concentration" (sometimes called 'flow') that allows people to perform to their best. If you have an interest in sport psychology or performance then this is one book you need to read.

You can view the book on here.
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