Whether you are a volunteer wanting to learn how to coach beginners or a professional coach working with elite athletes, the National Coach Development Framework has something for you. Delivered by trained regional CoachForce, the framework provides numerous formal learning opportunities for squash coaches to develop themselves to the highest standard and be able to deliver quality programmes and support for players at all stages on the Athlete Pathway. There are also opportunities to extend learning through extension modules.
To download and read the full Strategic Coaching Plan (including the Athlete Pathway and Coach Development Framework) please click here
Coaches are required to sign the Squash NZ Coaches Code of Ethics (PDF) at the completion of each module.
Squash New Zealand reserves the right to remove any qualifications gained on the framework should these standards be proven to have been broken.
The pre-existing Squash Leaders, Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications will be recognised in New Zealand until 31/12/2019. The recognition of prior learning in other sporting environments will also be taken into account. Some examples include:
Coaches can apply for recognition of prior learning to Squash New Zealand if they believe their development and experiences meet the requirements in one or more of the learning modules.
What learning modules should I do?
You should take the learning modules that are relevant to the communities (age and stage) of players you wish to work with. You should also pick the extension modules that will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills you want to develop.
How can I prepare for a module?
Jump online and watch the technique videos beforehand to get familiar with the moves. Practice saying and doing the moves so you know what they look and feel like. Otherwise come with an open mind and be ready to receive constructive feedback and learn from the other coaches.
What should I bring with me?
Bring your normal squash attire as you will be on court. You’ll also do some book work and education as part of the module so bring something warm. Bring a pen, your iPad or laptop too if you wish. You should also bring a water bottle and some food or snacks.
What is included with the module pack?
We put together special module packs exclusively for coaches attending the courses. These resources contain useful information so that you leave inspired and empowered to create top quality experiences for your players.
What is involved during the learning module?
You’ll discuss the needs of the players and learn ways to engage the relevant community of players. You’ll be shown activities that can be used to develop skills and will be required to design and coach an activity with your peers. This doesn’t have to be perfect but you need to be willing to learn and improve. The Coach Facilitator is there to help you.
What happens afterwards?
The learning module is just the beginning. You’ll leave with lots of ideas and new information. The challenge is to try some of these practices in your own coaching. Go and listen to another coach, observe another coach in action, or have a coach observe you coaching. Keep learning and seeking feedback on your own coaching.