As Chair of the Athletics Canterbury's Coaching Working Group, I am organising a get together of Middle Distance and Distance coaches at the Papanui Toc H club rooms at Papanui High School, Langdons Road at 2pm on Sunday 28 April.
It is not a formal meeting just an opportunity to discuss ways on how coaches can work together as a group for the benefit of our sport in this region, mentoring of new and inexperienced coaches, coaching courses and anything else that comes to mind - in other words a blank piece of paper at this stage.
Presently there are changes going on in the coaching area at Athletics NZ around the coach Accreditation process whereby the Athletics NZ Board has approved the adoption of "a volunteer coach membership" for coaches who would not be eligible or interested in becoming Accredited. ANZ are standing by their accreditation process but know that they need to improve communication and the application process. They are currently in the process of employing a new Coach Development Leader.
An invitation is extended to all Middle Distance and Distance coaches as we are keen to have regular coach get togethers/meetings in the future.
Further coach forums for other disciplines of the sport will follow in due course.
Athletics Canterbury Executive
Chair of the Coaches Working Group