Sports Coach/Official Pouako/Kātipa Hākinakina

Sports coaches/officials coach and instruct athletes, and are the officials in charge of sporting events.

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Sports coaches/officials may do some or all of the following:

  • help athletes learn the skills, rules and tactics of a sport
  • organise practice sessions and develop training programmes and drills
  • motivate teams or individuals
  • identify and encourage talented players
  • select players for teams and events
  • referee, umpire and keep time for sports competitions or games
  • judge and award points in sports competitions
  • look after equipment and ensure players use it correctly.

Training for snowsports instructors

Training through the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance is required for people who instruct in:

  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • telemark or free heel skiing
  • adaptive skiing for people with physical disabilities.

Snowsport instructors can also do further study to become trainers, examiners and coaches.

Physical Requirements

Sports coaches/officials need to need have excellent fitness and health.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for sports coaches/officials includes:

  • participating in sport at a competitive level
  • working as an assistant or volunteer coach or official
  • teaching
  • working in sports administration.

Personal Qualities

Sports coaches/officials need to be:

  • fair
  • able to make decisions quickly
  • able to motivate, lead and inspire athletes and teams
  • good at planning, management and organisation
  • patient, tactful, observant and analytical
  • excellent at communicating.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for sports coaches/officials includes:

  • participating in sport at a competitive level
  • working as an assistant or volunteer coach or official
  • teaching
  • working in sports administration.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary educational requirements for sports coaches/officials, though NCEA Level 1 is recommended. Useful subjects include physical education, home economics, maths and English.

Sports Coach/Officials can earn around $39K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Sports Coach/Official are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Sports coaches/officials usually specialise in a role such as:

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