26 September 2023

Sports planning to score with new rules

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Australian Sport is undergoing its biggest transformation of the past 40 years, adopting a modern new coaching approach aimed at recognising the individual needs, aspirations and motivations of the sporting participants at all levels.

Announced by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and developed with the sporting sector, the new coaching approach is based on educating and empowering sports coaches to create safe, fun, and inclusive environments in which the participants, volunteers and community sportspeople will thrive.

According to the Chief Executive of the ASC, Kieren Perkins, Australia’s sportspeople in 2022 engage with their sports in different ways than those reflected in the national coaching model developed in the 1970s which no longer meets today’s expectations.

“Our new approach will help Australia’s half a million community coaches reach their full potential and deliver the best possible experience for everyone involved,” Mr Perkins said.

“The new approach will reshape the sporting experience and encourage more people to play, coach and enjoy sport.’”

He said the Commission was working closely with over 40 sports to help them revolutionise their coaching approaches and take advantage of the new offerings to support coaches at all levels.

‘“For Australia to succeed in the lead-up to Brisbane 2032, we must reimagine sport and the environment coaches create is central to this,” Mr Perkins said.

Director of Coaching and Officiating at Sport Australia, Cam Tradell said that in another major step forward, community coaches across the country would soon have access to free online education which he said would play a pivotal role in strengthening their essential skills.

“In the coming weeks we will be launching the first in a suite of online courses we have developed to help community coaches across the country deliver a whole new sporting experience,” Mr Tradell said.

“The free course, that will be available on our Australian Sport Learning Centre, will support coaches connect with their participants on a much more individual level, adapt to different coaching environments and increase motivation levels,” he said.

More information about the new sports approach can be found on the Sport Australia website at this PS News link.

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