Innovative approach to Coach Accreditation

Netball Australia has launched an innovative approach to its national Coach Accreditation Framework, with the introduction of a blended learning environment for the Development Coach Accreditation.

The new online and face-to-face Development Accreditation, the second of six tiers in the accreditation pathway, is targeted primarily at club, association and regional coaches and teachers who have completed the Foundation Coach Accreditation.  The revised approach will see coaches complete an online component as well as the online Rules of Netball Theory Exam, before enroling in a four-hour face to face workshop to implement the skills learnt online.

Netball Australia’s General Manager – Coach Development, Julia Lawrence believes the revised program, with its coach-centred approach, has significantly improved the learning outcomes for coaches progressing through the pathway.

“We believe the new ‘flipped classroom’ model with initial learning online followed by active coaching practice during a face to face workshop, will provide much greater learning and development for coaches,” said Lawrence.

“The initial online component can be completed in a self-paced environment at a time and place that suits the learner.  The quality of the online content, developed by Canopi Learning Solutions, is world-class and includes videos of players and expert coaches demonstrating Development level skills, skill progressions, court strategies and how to teach them. We have also embedded the Netball Australia KNEE Program in the new course and introduced ‘Game Day Coaching’, which ultimately develops a more holistic coach.”

Debra Armstrong, High-Performance Coach and Technical Adviser, assisted Netball Australia in reviewing the online content and developing the new 4-hour face to face workshop.

“The previous course was very much presenter driven and only had coaches actively coaching for 10-15 minutes of the full day,” Armstrong said.

“The new face to face workshop is coach centred and engages the coach in planning and teaching skills from the outset – they are actively coaching in small groups for more than 60% of the time.”

Karen Worland, High Performance Coach, who will be assisting with the upskilling of Coach Developers in each State, says “It’s an exciting time for coach education within netball …coaches have the flexibility to return to the online content at any time to review their learning and can actively practise the ‘how’ of coaching at the face to face workshop.”

Craig Moyle, a participant of the pilot course in Victoria, applauds Netball Australia on the new blended learning course, “I definitely think this new approach works better, both from engaging coaches through the course to having the online and course materials available post workshop to help with training.”

“Not having to dedicate a whole day to getting your accreditation is a major attraction for a lot of people”, said Moyle.

The course is available to all coaches who have already completed the Foundation Coaching Course and can be organised through your state member organisation.

Article: Netball Australia