Students from the Diploma of Sport and Coaching at Whitireia Community Polytechnic will be completing their first practical exercise within the community when they conduct sport coaching for pupils of Titahi Bay Intermediate School next term. These developmental skill sessions will be the culmination of training the students have so far received from various sports organisations including the Wellington Hockey and Soccer Associations and Athletics New Zealand.
The students will coach on behalf of the Whitireia Coaching Squad and they will also be facilitating numerous community events ranging from indoor netball, soccer and hockey tournaments to a rock n roll competition to a picnic for disadvantaged children.
Anne Hare (Olympian), Don Neely (former New Zealand cricket selector) and Fred Goodall (former international cricket umpire) will all assist with the tutoring of the programme, and motivation will be provided by Billy Graham (former New Zealand boxing champion) and Gary Williams (Chief Executive Officer of the Disabled Persons Assembly.)
This is the first year of the Diploma of Sport and Coaching at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and will include modules in sport teaching and coaching, recreation and sport management and sport science and technology.
Māori, Pacific Island and mature students have all been encouraged to enrol.