Nelson Basketball joins forces with Skills Active to grow local talent

April 10, 2017

Nelson Basketball has reached an agreement with Skills Active Aotearoa to help keen young basketballers gain a national coaching qualification.

Skills Active is the industry training organisation for sport and recreation in New Zealand. It’s funded by government to develop world-class qualifications and support employers to deliver those qualifications to trainees.

Nelson Basketball general manager Frances Tilly says the new scheme is aimed at locals who wish to develop their sport, as well as gain a nationally-recognised qualification, the National Certificate in Coaching and Instruction (Developing Coach) Level 3.

Nelson Basketball will employ these basketballers as interns on a volunteer basis. They will then be supported through the qualification, by mentors Tilly and Tall Black Sam Dempster, who is also the Nelson Giants captain and a regional officer of Coachforce, the national body devoted to strengthening the coaching workforce.

“It can be daunting getting into coaching, so this is a perfect stepping stone,” Tilly says. “It provides not only practical mentoring but also a solid theoretical backing, which will look great on their CVs, and can be used towards their current school credits.”

The Skills Active qualification covers the fundamentals of sport and athletic coaching, coaching philosophies, principles of learning and skill acquisition, technical skills, and coaching strategies and tactics.

Tilly said Nelson was suffering from a shortage of coaches in the region, and this new relationship would target young people who were passionate about basketball and could potentially see themselves making a career out of the sport.

“Anyone interested in becoming an intern should get in touch with us at the Nelson Basketball Association – we would love to hear from you,” she added.


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren
0220 371 012

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation (ITO) for sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and performing arts. We promote sport and recreation careers and workforce development, create world-class, nationally-recognised qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.