Rowing Australia today announced it has received a $75,000 participation grant from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to fund a project to redesign its Coach Education program.
Working with the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Sports Coaching Team, Rowing Australia aims to provide an integrated, comprehensive, online program reflecting the needs of rowing coaches at the preliminary stages of their education.
The education and accreditation program will have online delivery and support to ensure consistency across the country, as well as providing access for regional and remote coaches. It will begin by focussing on Level 1 (Learn to Row) and Level 2 (Club/School) and the aim is to be operational by December 2015.
The ‘Participation Capability Grant’ is part of the ASC’s ongoing investment in participation sport.
Sitting within Rowing Australia’s Whole of Sport Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the new system will also work alongside the ASC’s Sporting Schools program. Rowing Australia and UQ’s program plans to deliver a ‘Sporting Schools Online Rowing Coach Induction Program’ to further grow young participation and interest in the sport of rowing.
Rowing Australia’s CEO Michael Scott said: “We’re extremely grateful to the ASC for the Participation Capability Grant which will aid us to provide a consistent approach to coach education across the country. The priority is to see more Level 1 and 2 coaches accessing and completing courses from across the country, including from remote regions of Australia.
“The new online courses will make it easier for courses to be completed and provide the opportunity for coaching programs to take place overseas as well as across Australia.”