Coach development

The TSA Coach Development Program (CDP) is focused on enhancing the quality of coaching by developing, supporting and challenging coaches to improve their knowledge and skills to provide positive and effective sport experiences for all participants and reduce the current high drop-out rates in sport.

It is tailored to all levels and provides mentoring/coaching by some of Australia’s most influential, experienced and qualified sport personnel who openly engage in observation and practise with coaches and athletes in a highly supportive environment. The program is designed to encourage participants to apply and align their own learning, theories and methods with the program’s pillars of athletic development including Physical Competency, Skill Mastery Confidence and Resilience.

Coaches of junior and teenage athletes (6 to 19 years of age) from every sport across the Northern Territory are invited to actively develop their knowledge, skills and experience. Involvement is also open to sports administrators, teachers, parents, and other family members.

Coach Scholarships

TSA Coach Scholarships are awarded to coaches (or administrators, teachers, parents) by agreement with TSA staff for continued ongoing learning and engagement in the TSA Coach Development Program PDF (815.8 KB). It requires additional accountabilities and expectations.

To aid the development of the coach, an individual coach learning agreement will be prepared.

Note: coach scholarships are not exclusively awarded to those working with academy or state representative level athletes and teams.

Current Coach Scholarship holders

Below are the 2021 Coach Scholarship holders.

Steven Raymond AFL Nhulunbuy
Jess Brewster Athletics Darwin
Nicole Simmonds Athletics Katherine
Ian Gudgeon Athletics Katherine
Vincent Propsting Basketball Katherine
Nicole Thomson BMX Katherine
Marlie Dawes Cricket Alice Springs
Bronte Stray Cricket Alice Springs
Melissa Campbell Cricket Darwin
Adrian Gallagher Cricket Darwin
Coen McKinnon Cricket Darwin
Martin Hidalgo (Castro) Football Alice Springs
Alexandra Fulton Football Darwin
Louis Buntin Football Darwin
David Do Football Darwin
Esther Rika Golf Nhulunbuy
Jonetani Rika Golf Nhulunbuy
Monica Henry Hockey Katherine
Matt Roberts Rugby League Alice Springs
Alysia  Bader Rugby League Katherine
Jamie Liddicoat Rugby Union Darwin
Ali  Snowden Rugby Union Nhulunbuy
Joshua Donovan Rugby Union Nhulunbuy
Tim East Touch Football Katherine

Other programs and services

In addition to the TSA Coach Development Program and TSA Coaching Scholarships, the TSA coordinates a number of programs, and services to:

  • support Northern Territory Peak Sporting Bodies (PSBs) to facilitate the development of Northern Territory Coaches through best practice processes and opportunities to perform at all levels of the sport pathway (from beginner to elite);
  • promote achievement as well as the importance and value of coaching to the greater community;
  • develop coach developers / mentors / coordinators; and
  • establish coaching networks across the Northern Territory.

Last updated: 21 April 2021

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