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Calvin Buttimore

Calvin Buttimore

Community Coaching Advisor

09-448 0307 / 029 295 0029

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The coaching expertise has really helped me take the team to the next level.  Thanks for all your expert advise!

Geoff Alley

Coach Under 19, Harbour Rugby

Coaching, a Harbour Sport key strategic goal

We are committed to producing better coaches

The development of the Harbour Region Coaching Plan was completed which aligned with the Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation Coaching Plan, and the Sport New Zealand Coaching Plan. Coaching is an identified area of need in the region, with the need to recruit, retain and develop coaches at all levels being of huge importance.

The Harbour region has a clear vison for coaching, which places coaches understanding the needs of the athletes they are working with, at the centre of their thinking. 2016 has seen the development and strengthening of some key coaching projects to align with this philosophy. For primary and secondary school coaches, the CSI project and the Growing Coaches programme have continued to provide quality coach development opportunities. In addition, the Talent, Leadership, Character initiative has grown to include not only Mahurangi College, but also Long Bay College and Westlake Boys High School. This has provided 40 students and 24 coaches with regular engagement around developing leadership skills and character and is seeing some fantastic results.

For Club and RSO coaches, the Coach Evolve programme has also been developed and has catered for 15 targeted coaches within the Harbour community, to develop their skills, so that they can provide a better sporting experience for their respective teams/athletes.

Coach Observation

Being observed in your own coaching environment can be one of the most beneficial ways to improve as a coach. This is because the person observing can give you feedback specific to you, based on key areas you want to improve or develop.

Dan Grant, Harbour Sports community coaching advisor, can come out and attend your training sessions or game days and provide insights in to some key areas that can help develop the environment you create.


Understand the sport you coach, or ‘what’ to coach is an incredibly important part of being a successful coach. Equally important is understanding what skills you need to communicate effectively, how to create a quality learning environment for your athlete/s, how to plan effectively, how to build a strong team culture, e.g. the ‘how’ of coaching.

We can help provide development for your coaches around the ‘how’ of coaching.

Coach Evolve

This is an Auckland wide program run under Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation.

The aim of the programme is to advance the innovation, creativity and performance of outstanding Auckland Coaches working in the Development Coaching Community. A strong feature of this programme is the cross-sport interaction and sharing that will allow coaches to discuss experiences, challenges and learning in a safe and supportive environment. The programme will have an emphasis on “Action Learning Theory” with the aim of coaches being able to apply learning into a practical coaching context.

For more information on this contact Dan Grant, as there are limited windows for coaches to nominated to be part of this program.


This opportunity provides ongoing 1-1 support for coaches. Mentoring is an option if you are an ambitious coach who wants to develop and has time to commit to in depth learning and development.

The beauty of mentoring is the coach drives the process of their own development, and their mentor is their to guide them and challenge their thinking to help them be better. The mentoring process involves regular meetings with your mentor.

Contact Dan for further details.

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