Parents – secondary schools want you!
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Written by Julie Adamson, BOP Secondary School Events Director
I have been involved in secondary school sport for over 10 years in the Bay of Plenty, and have coached many age groups, from primary, intermediate and secondary school and representative level. I have also watched and organised many sporting events and helped sport coordinators and codes over the years.
Sport is changing. I have noticed that parents in primary and intermediate school events are supportive in the areas of coaching and managing. There is a myth that once your child reaches secondary school your job as a coach or manager is over to secondary schools as they have many coaches and development and academy programs.
Secondary schools are always looking for those parents that have a passion for sport as a coach or as a manager. If you are new to area, then make an appointment with the school’s sport director or sports coordinator. If you do not think you have the skills, most schools can upskill, and some secondary schools have great mentoring systems. Parents can play a big part in sport in young people’s lives and schools want you!
Sport Bay of Plenty also runs coach and manager courses throughout the year. We also have Coach Force – a program that focuses on coaching - and they are always willing to upskill coaches. Scholarships are also on offer for coaches during the year.
Coaching can be a thankless job at times, but also rewarding in shaping the lives of young people and general wellbeing on an athlete or child.
School sport wrap-up
Term 4 in secondary schools is lighter with events; most seniors have been busy studying for and sitting exams. Secondary schools sport directors and sport coordinators have also been busy doing their own sports awards and celebrating the achievements of their athletes that have done well and represented the school with pride. Sport Bay of Plenty Awards in November also had a few secondary school award categories to recognise local contributions and talent.
This term also includes a lot of admin planning for 2019 calendars - no small task for secondary schools! Planning ahead of schedule for secondary schools is a must for Term 1. Schools start planning for all summer sports: Volleyball, triathlon and duathlon, tennis, touch, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, athletics and swimming school champions before gearing up for Bay of Plenty titles and national events. Term 1 also includes team selection for winter sports, which is huge in the region as most competitions start the first or second week of term 2.
Make a New Year’s resolution be a coach or manager - the wellbeing of students in sport is worth it.
New volleyball events manager
Volleyball Bay of Plenty has a new event manager who will be running our secondary school volleyball events.
Connor Stewart has experienced in the coaching world of volleyball and in event management. Connor some from Northland and spent most of his high school life in Hamilton where he played many sports.
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