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Elevate Coach Program

A coach professional development program

The AIS Performance Pathways and Coach Development Teams are excited to introduce the AIS Elevate Coach Program which has been developed to build upon the successful Elevate e-Coach Program piloted in 2020.

AIS Elevate Coach will provide a bespoke blend of face-to-face and online support and development to Performance Pathway coaches. The program will be delivered as part of the AIS Performance Pathways Elevate series in collaboration with La Trobe University, University of Sydney and University of Queensland.

Nominations now open

Nominations for the AIS Elevate Coach Program close 5pm AEST Wednesday 25th June

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes will focus on knowledge, understanding and application of:

  • Self, values and coaching philosophy
  • How to build and maintain effective relationships with other Performance Pathway staff and stakeholders
  • Performance Pathway coaching and holistic athlete development knowledge

Coaches of athletes who are nationally categorised at Emerging, Developing and Podium Potential level sit at different points along a continuum with some being highly knowledgeable, experienced and skilled whereas others may be at a more developmental level. The unique feature of this program is that whilst content will be focused on Performance Pathway coaching knowledge of holistic athlete development, specific content has not been pre-determined. Instead AIS Performance Pathways and the university partners will work collaboratively with coaches from the outset to ensure suitability and relevance of content to meet individual needs.

Program Participants

Cohort 1 - Women Coaches
  • The nominated coach should be a woman coach
  • Coaches must commit to sustained engagement in a 6-month program of learning
  • NSOs should nominate coaches involved in NSO Performance Pathway programs, across summer, winter, able and para programs

View full eligibility criteria and program outline

Cohort 2 - Athlete 2 Coach
  • Man or woman
  • The nominated coach should be a former athlete who has recently retired
  • NSOs should nominate coaches involved in NSO Performance Pathway programs, across summer, winter, able and para programs
  • Coaches must commit to sustained engagement in a 6-month program of learning

View full eligibility criteria and program outline

Research

Program design will be based around the principles of integrative knowledge transfer, a process where program staff will work collaboratively with coaches from the outset to individualise learning outcomes. Design and delivery will be underpinned by a research process that will consist of three elements:

  • Needs Analysis - where coaches will be invited to contribute to the co-creation of program content
  • Survey completion
  • Interviews

This process is designed to align with the principles of co-creation where suitability and relevance of the program content to meet individual needs will rely upon a process of reciprocal engagement:

Engage – Explain – Examine – Explore - Apply

This research component is a unique feature of the AIS Elevate Coach program, specifically aligned in order to inform design and delivery for both current and future cohorts. All coaches will be encouraged to participate in, and contribute to, both learning and research.

Nomination Process

All AIS Performance Pathway funded NSOs are invited to nominate up to three coaches in total across both the 2021 Elevate Coach program cohorts (Women Coaches / Athlete 2 Coach). For each nomination, you should clearly identify:

  • the Coach
  • which program the coach is being nominated for
  • nomination ranking
  • that the coach is available to attend Block 1 and Block 2 Residential experience (please refer to specific cohort for dates)

Contact

For further information, please contact:
Dr Graham Turner, Performance Pathway Coaching Consultant – graham.turner@ausport.gov.au

La Trobe Univeristy
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
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