Good coaches never stop learning.
By watching others, by using resources via the internet and by accessing a wide range of opportunities for furthering professional development, the path for improvement is always available. Coaching courses are very popular and allow you to meet other coaches and share ideas.
New Zealand Cricket offers a number of coaching courses which can get you underway or upskill you on your coaching journey:
Smash Play junior-tamariki coaches course
This is a free online and practical course covering the key philosophies of Smash Play junior-tamariki and simple tips for delivering the programme
A free online course practical that covers the key aspects of coaching. Good for mums and dads, grandparents, volunteers, teachers, beginner coaches or cricket development officers.
Advanced Foundation Course
A combination of online and practical modules. Good for people already coaching or assisting 10-18-year olds playing junior or youth cricket for their club or school.
This course is a blended course which combines online and practical modules and personal study and is intended for those coaches of Secondary School, Youth and Intermediate District teams.
Advanced Development Course
This course is for coaches of 11-a-side teams who have an active coaching record and a commitment to coaching. They will be coaching DA senior teams, premier club teams, school 1st XIs or MA age-group teams.
Performance Coaching Course
This course has been created specifically to meet the needs of men’s and women’s coaches working with performance players in performance environments.
Other Development Opportunities
Pathway to Performance - Female Coaching Programme
The Pathway to Performance Female Coaching Programme is a national initiative, led by NZC with support and funding committed for the duration of the ‘Strengthen and Adapt’ project.
The objectives of the programme are:
- To identify and develop female coaches in each MA who have the potential to transition into performance coaching.
- To create a larger pool of female coaches with the skillset and confidence to coach at the high-performance level
- To establish a network of female coaches who can provide support and shared experiences to each other
The Pathway to Performance programme is a six-month programme targeting six female coaches who have shown an interest and skillset suited to coaching high-performance cricket in the future. The programme will provide development opportunities through various mediums and on-going support from the NZC coach development team, and women’s performance team
The coaches in 2022-23 cohort are:
- Josie Penfold (Auckland)
- Shelley Fruin (ND/Auckland)
- Sian Ruck (CD)
- Kerry Tomlinson (CD)
- Sarah Loughnane (Wellington)
- Amanda Hardy (Canterbury)
- Kath Clark (Canterbury)
- Ella Brown (Otago)