NCAS to run coaching conference

SPORTS coaches and officials have the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge when North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) delivers the 2010 North Coast Coaching Conference.

The two-day conference will be conducted at the NSW Sport & Recreation Centre at Lennox Head on the weekend of July 17 and 18.

NCAS, which is more widely known for its athlete identification and development programs, has also been running coaching conferences and workshops since 2000.

“NCAS recognises that the success of our regionally based athletes is only as good as the quality, skills and experience of our regionally based coaches,” NCAS executive director John Kincade said.

“That’s why NCAS is committed to developing community coaches throughout our region, regardless of whether they are or not currently involved with our NCAS sport programs.”

Kincade explained that Level One accredited coaches will be particularly interested in the conference as it again provides credits towards the new national coaching accreditation program.

“In 2008, the Australian Sports Commission launched the new Intermediate Coaching General Principles (ICGP) program to replace the previous Level 2 coaching principles,” he said.

“Research shows the majority of our region’s coaches are Level One accredited and that they have difficulty in finding the time to advance their accreditation.

“A key feature of this new coaching program is its flexibility in delivery, which should overcome some of the issues that are often faced by North Coast-based coaches.”

Level One coaches who attend for the weekend will receive six of the thirteen ICGP modules. For those Level One coaches with at least 12 months’ coaching experience who then want to complete the remainder of the ICGP program and gain formal accreditation, they can opt to receive the official ICGP manual and CD-ROM containing all the necessary assessment worksheets.

The seven topics included in the conference program include Skill Acquisition, The Essence of Coaching, Nutrition for Sport, Introduction to Physiology, Program Management and Sports Psychology.

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