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AIS Elevate Coach Program

A coach professional development program

Cohort 2: Athlete 2 Coach Eligibility Criteria

  • The nominated coach should be a former athlete who has recently retired.
  • Man or woman.
  • NSOs should nominate coaches involved in NSO Performance Pathway programs, across summer, winter, able and para programs.
  • NSOs are asked to discuss and endorse nominations with NIN partners (where applicable).
  • The focus of AIS Performance Pathways is to support the learning and development of coaches working with athletes who are nationally categorised at Emerging, Developing and Podium Potential level.
  • Coaches must commit to sustained engagement in a 6-month program of learning.
  • There is an expectation that participating coaches will be able to share information obtained from their athletes, (e.g. athlete response to and feedback on coaching practice during applied learning cycles) in order to provide the AIS with insight into how coach and athlete development practice is impacted by the Elevate Coach Development program.
  • Nominated coaches must be covered by the NSO’s insurance policy to take part in the Residential Experience. This refers to the cover a coach is provided as an employee of their NSO (or NIN where applicable), rather than additional cover.
  • Only coaches who fulfil these criteria, who are endorsed by their NSO (and NIN where applicable) and are motivated to participate in reflective practice are eligible for nomination.

Program Outline

Block 1 - Residential experience (MANTRA TWIN TOWNS COOLANGATTA - GOLD COAST)

Consists of a face to face two night, three day residential experience (Friday 30 July – Sunday 1 August)

  • A laptop is an essential requirement
  • Coaches will engage in activities that include light outdoor exercise
  • The AIS will cover fights, accommodation and main meals

Block 2 – Online delivery

Consists of six weeks of online course delivery. Potential options include Wednesday or Thursday mornings 10am-12pm (AEST) (exact day of delivery to be confirmed)

  • Each coach will engage in an online Community of Practice
  • Each coach will be required to commit to approximately 3 hrs of engagement each week on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings (2 hrs online, plus 1 hr self-directed learning)

Block 3 – Applied learning cycles

Consists of twelve weeks (2 x 6 week) applied learning cycles.

  • Coaches will connect via a two hour online touchpoint every second week on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings 10am-12pm (AEST)
  • Coaches will be supported to apply, log and reflect learnings back into their daily training environment

Block 4 – Residential experience (AIS)

Consists of a face to face, two night, three day residential experience (Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th Dec)

  • The AIS will cover fights, accommodation and main meals


For further information, please contact:

Dr Graham Turner, Performance Pathway Coaching Consultant –

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