Coach Developers Framework

Balance is Better

Balance is Better

Balance is Better evidence-based philosophy to inform and provide a framework that puts the needs of the participant first. It originated from the Sport NZ Talent Plan 2016-2020 that focused on growing the capability of the sporting system to better prepare athletes through their development phase to help them realise their potential. It is now underpinning Sport NZ’s overall approach to youth sport that focusses on maximising participation and skill development.

Good Sport Spine

Good Sport Spine

The Good Sports Spine is a tool to help parents, coaches, teachers and sport administrators understand how they impact children’s sport experiences. The two different ‘climates’ should be seen as opposite ends of a continuum. To support children to have positive sporting experiences, adults should aim to always fall under the Climate of Development.


Key Contacts

For further information on local opportunities to support your coaching journey.


Jason Onslow


Counties Manukau

Serena Somlyai



Mikayla Gillespie


Bay of Plenty + Poverty Bay

Eimear Richardson

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Funding Partners

Major Partners