Coaching Support for Pacific Community Announced

Coaching Support for Pacific Community Announced


The Pacific Cup Sport Trust and Touch New Zealand (Touch NZ) are excited to collaborate on a series of interactive courses to support our pacific touch community. This is part of a wider commitment to upskill and support our coaches in the lead up to this year’s tournament.

These interactive courses will be tailored to a talanoa style presentation – with open forum discussion encouraged. Pacific Cup Tournament Lead Pat Spellman notes:

“These courses aren’t new, but the approach is. The kaupapa here is to support our people grow, and watch them go! These will be really beneficial to our communities. An opportunity for them to learn in familiar surroundings, with familiar people – it’s the village we speak of so often.”

All five Participating Nations agreed on the approach toward strengthening our communities by building the capabilities of our people, and the support of Touch NZ allows us to achieve just that. 

Each coach involved in Pacific Cup will work towards a Touch NZ Foundation Level Coach accreditation, providing them with a sound knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the game. For the more experienced Coaches, there will be opportunities to complete the Development accreditation too. 

They will also be provided with resources about TouchFit 360 and AWHI, which will both feature at the event in November.

Touch NZ Sport Operations Manager Grant Robertson “this is an exciting opportunity for Touch NZ to partner with the pacific communities and provide additional support for the growth of the game.”

Touch NZ will also provide zoom sessions for coaches and managers around the new rules and referee processes under the FIT 5th Edition Rules. This is part of a wider referee education roll out by Touch NZ launching in September.

Both the Pacific Cup Sports Trust and Touch NZ are excited about these opportunities to support the growth and development of our sport in the pacific community, and look forward to sharing the progress leading into the November event. 

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