Performance Coach Development

In 2016 of NCZ’s four ANZ and Central Manawa coaches, only one, Yvette McCausland Durie, had a NNZ coach qualification. In 2019 that has changed and today all our coaches are qualified to PCQ level.

We now must face the challenge of losing our more senior coaches as new opportunities arise.

Accordingly, we must build a pool of coaches with the game knowledge, experience, capability and desire to step into the ANZ Premiership. To do so we will need to continue to grow the opportunities available to our next tier of coaches. We intend to do this by appointing an Apprentice Coach with the Pulse and two Central Manawa Assistant Coaches, one of whom will be based outside Wellington. This will take the number of coaches directly involved in the two Zone campaigns to six, up from four in 2109.

We will continue to appoint specialist coaches to work with the Pulse and Central Manawa campaigns in the areas of shooting, mid court and circle defence. And as a Zone we will continue to deploy all our identified coaches into Centre Talent Camps and the Advanced Camp.

We will continue to work closely with NNZ to support the implementation of the PCQ programme, closely supporting a small number of coaches each year to complete the course. And we will extend the pilot CCQ programme, continuing to identify and fast track high potential coaches into PCQ.

Accordingly, NCZ will continue to ensure performance coach opportunities are developed and implemented within the NCZ suite of programmes to ensure that we have a surfeit of appropriately skilled home grown coaches for our next recruitment processes.

Zone Selectors

The Zone has appointed a Head of Selectors who has been available to help Centres in their selection work. We have also developed a network of selectors who select and de-select at every level of the zone performance programme.

As part of the talent development programme, the Zone has provided training for all Centre selectors in completing the Player Profiles and we now have a network of Zone and Centre selectors available to perform selection duties at all Zone and Centre events. In the future we will add working with CYA as a selector competency.

The role of the selector network will continue to be to give life to the NCZ performance plan by selecting the best athletes into our teams and squads thereby ensuring our squads and teams enjoy the highest levels of success.

Going forward we will strive to have an NCZ selection presence at all national domestic events – age groups, schools and any other events. This will allow us to keep an eye on the movement of our players in and out of our programmes; through our programmes; and in and out of the zone.