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Online coach training


Welcome to our series of online training modules, these modules have been set up within our overall coaching framework as a way for people to extend their training or to start on the path to becoming a coach.

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is a rewarding and often challenging experience and one that requires continual development. Now our coaches and volunteers keen to begin coaching, can upskill and train online. There is no need to attend separate two or three hour workshops, you can now work through the modules at your own place, at your own pace, in your own time. 

Classroom based workshops will still be available to those people who wish to complete their coaching training via this method, please contact Our National Office Team for more information.
Additional modules will be available as they are developed that look at other aspects and areas of our framework. One of newere ones includes an introduction to coaching (based on Sport New Zealand’s ‘Getting Started’ courses).
There will also be modules based on more technical aspects of coaching and each sport and that review event management.
On the successful completion of a module if you are already a registered Special Olympics New Zealand volunteer, you will receive a certificate and your training history will be entered against your personal information held at our National Office.
If you are a new volunteer we will contact you to discuss the volunteering and coaching options available to you within our Special Olympics New Zealand programme.

Special Olympics New Zealand Coach Development  

As an organisation we value the commitment our coaches give to enabling our athletes to train and compete in meaningful sporting competition. And believe it is important that we offer our coaches a clear and accessible pathway for their own growth and development to the level they aspire to. ​Special Olympics New Zealand (SONZ) is committed to connecting our coaches with the training, tools and resources, and information they want and need to provide the best coaching opportunities for our athletes.  

 Coaching Pathway 

SONZ has developed a Coach Development Framework aimed at providing coaching pathway at whatever level, ability, interest our coaches have. This is a guideline to what coaches can do but is non-lineal meaning coaches are welcome to dip in and out of each level; but to become certified at each level, there are some requirements coaches need to provide evidence of to SONZ, to record and recognize.  There are three levels of SONZ coach qualifications: 

  • ·         Foundation   
  • ·         Development  
  • ·         Performance   

As a Special Olympics Coach are you keen to test your knowledge on your sport? Check out Special Olympics' quizzes online.

Ready to begin?

  • If you are keen to do one of our on line module then you will need to log in to the website; if you are a first time user you will be required to register.  Please complete as many of the fields as possible.
  • Please note that your username will be your email address
  • The on line training module will then commence.
Ensure you read each page carefully, after each section you will be asked a series of questions. Please note that you will not be able to go ‘back’ within the training.  Each module should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.
Good luck!
Do you have questions about coaching or if you require assistance with registering or logging in to the modules please contact:

Our National Office Team


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