Coaches Passport

Coaches passport is a programme unique to Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti. It encourages local coaches to take charge of their own coaching development through three levels of locally delivered coach training.

Through the programme, we aim to retain coaches by upskilling and establishing a sustainable, regional coaching framework.The programme is also a great tool to enable codes to take responsibility to provide an accessible coach development pathway.

Who can complete Coaches Passport?

Coaches passport is currently aimed coaches of all levels from the following codes: basketball, football, rugby, rugby league, softball, cricket, hockey, netball, surf life saving, bowls and triathlon.

How does Coaches Passport work?

Participants complete the Coaches Passport by earning 3 stamps of achievement from the following sport-specific topics – How to coach, What to coach and advanced coaching techniques. The topics are administered by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, with input from Regional and National Sporting Organisations.

Throughout the passport, participants are given support and mentoring from the Community Sport Team at Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti which includes peer reviews, workshops, seminars and presentations from well known international coaches.

diagram of how the coaches passport programme works

Stamp 1

This generic coaching course teaches you how to coach people. this includes how to plan training sessions, manage groups and communicate effectively with players and parents.

Stamp 2

This sport specific intro course teaches you what to coach. This includes training drills and skills specific to your sport.

Stamp 3

After you’ve completed 20 hours of practical coaching experience, you’ll be eligible for the sport-specific level one course to learn advanced coaching techniques.

Coaches Club

once you have gained all three stamps on a coaches passport, you will be invited to joing the Coaches Club where you can connect with other coaches and share experiences and ideas.

Mentoring programme

Every year, four coaches are selected from the Coaches Club to participate in a  12 month mentoring programme. Participants will also receive ongoing education, peer reviews and $500 towards their future development.


Coaches Passport is funded by the following bodies:

logos of NZCT, ECT and Sport NZ who fund the coaches passport






Coaches Passport is endorsed by the following bodies:

logos of the bodies who endorse the coashes passport






logof of the bodies who endorse toe coaches passport