Junior Coaching Courses

Introduction to Small Whites Coaching

This two hour workshop blends together demonstrations of practical activities with good advice on how to survive your first coaching season. Specifically targeting new and inexperienced coaches, this course and supporting resources is a great starting point for coaches looking for friendly advice on how and what to coach your junior players.

 What's on offer:

  • Age-appropriate practical demonstrations
  • Age-appropriate coaching techniques
  • The Small Whites coaching resource
  • Coaching resources - ideas for training

Contact: Contact your local federation for more details


Level 1 Junior Football Coaching Award

This four hour workshop provides coaches with a deeper insight into age appropriate, effective coaching for players aged 6-8 years and or 9-12 years. This course of learning combines an examination of both the ‘How’ and ‘What’ of coaching junior players through an interactive and practical approach as well as providing a comprehensive resource for coaches to take away and use with their players. This course is perfect for coaches who are looking to improve their coaching and to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively with junior players.

 What's on offer:

  • NZF formal qualification - silver & gold levels
  • Understanding the player-centred coaching philosphy
  • Developing strategies to make your coaching more effective
  • Understanding how to use player-centred coaching tools
  • Practice planning and delivering age-appropriate actitivites
  • Training resource - catalogue of games & practices for your designated age group

Contact: Contact your local federation for more details


Level 2 Junior Football Coaching Certificate Modules

 This level of development introduces coaches to a new modular learning system. The system is designed to provide you with a smorgasbord of bite sized learning opportunities that when accumulated develop your knowledge and skills in a wide range of coaching related subject areas.

The module content has been carefully designed to provide you with the relevant knowledge and skills to progress your learning and help you to work effectively within this particular age group of players. The modules have been classified as either age specific modules or generic modules.

The generic modules involve content and learning that is relevant to all coaches regardless of the age of the players they coach, i.e. player centred coaching and the specific modules contain content that is relevant to a designated community of players (i.e. Game Day Coaching 9-12 years). These modules are perfect for beginner and developing coaches who want to increase their effectiveness in key areas of coaching pertaining to junior players.

What's on offer:

Module 1: Game Day Coaching 9-12 Years (4 hours)

  • Creating a game day coaching philosophy
  • Understanding the needs of your players on game days
  • Overview of the basic tactics and principles of play in small sided games
  • Developing player-centred coaching strategies to support player learning on game days

Module 2: Player-Centred Coaching Tools (4 hours)

  • Understanding how to use the "Teaching Game Intellegence" coaching tool
  • Understanding how to use "questioning" effectively
  • Understanding how players learn and developing strategies to promote learning
  • Practical coaching ideas to develop a player centred approach to coaching

Contact: Contact your local federation for more details