The FIH held two Coaching Courses at Rockhampton during the Oceania Cup which was held at the start of September. The Coach Educators (Coach Developer Course) was facilitated by Hockey Australia’s John Mowat and Barry Vohland, and Hockey New Zealandtrainers Pat Barwick and Nicole Youman. Henry Wong who was recently the Assistant Coach for the Ford NHL winning Tiger Turf North Harbour side attended the Coach Educators course. New Zealand was also represented by Jude Menezes currently the Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Assistant Coach who attended the Level 3 Coaching Course.
The Coach Educators course aligns with the Hockey New Zealand Coach Developer pilot, targeting the development of individuals working with coaches. Focusing on the skills of observation, feedback and questioning, the course provides a practical environment to support understanding and development. The attendees were from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, including coach developers supporting the development of coaches working with players, technical officials and umpires.
The Level 3 Coaching Course is designed for coaches working with top national adult hockey players and assisting teams at the top national and international competitions. It targets individuals who may be a Head Coach of an age group team or senior team with a minimum of 5 years at a top national performance level. Participants in the course also need to hold an FIH Academy Level 2 Coach certificate or equivalent.
The course in Rockhampton featured coaches from all over Australia as well as a New Zealand Coach and one Pakistan Coach who was currently living and coaching in The Netherlands. The course allowed the participants to build relationships with other coaches and facilitated an environment where they were able to share their experiences, knowledge and talk about coaching.