The Coaching Coordinator role with Boccia Australia, a recognised NSOD, is an exciting opportunity to grow a paralympic sport with enormous potential. For many Australians with significant physical impairment, Boccia is the only sport they can play. We currently have a well-structured development and recognition pathway for referees but not for coaches. Your role will design and deliver that structure.
In summary, you are ideally a self-starter looking for a very flexible job, approximately 15 hours a week in a contract role with remuneration negotiable and generally aligned with relevant coach grade as per the Sporting Organisations Award 2010.
You are a well-developed communicator, especially an effective listener, and passionate about assisting coaches. With guidance from the Boccia Australia Board, and following established templates from other boccia organisations, you will create the governance and a framework to for accrediting boccia coaches, support club-level coaches, and organise clinics and mentors for our small team of high performance and experienced coaches.
Initially, you will develop and implement the BA Coaching Development Plan and then set up an appropriate coaching structure for BA. You will arrange flying coach visits, encourage coach developmen,t and convene (when needed) regular coach meetings or forums to discuss coaching issues.
You are doing this for a sport that is relatively small in scale so you will need to be at times patient - but always energetic. The ability to inspire club-level coaches is especially important as they will often be parents, partners, or support workers of athletes with disability, working in challenging context of the sport seeking to reinvigorate itself in cities and towns where there's been little activity for a year or two.
You will report to the Chair of the Board and be supported with a volunteer board that is dedicated and professional. It currently includes a professional coach who will be available to support you in your role.
As we work with some of Australia's most vulnerable citizens, you will also lead on ensuring coaches uphold BA policies and procedures, with particular focus on our member protection policy.
Broadly, the club coaching coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the development and management of the BA's coaching program and personnel and also for the promotion of the value of quality coaching within the club.
Boccia Australia is recognised by BISFed (Boccia International Sports Federation) as the organisation responsible for Boccia in Australia. We are also recognised by Sports Australia as a National Sporting Organisation for People with a Disability (NSOD).
Making its debut as a Paralympic sport in 1984, Boccia tests each competitor’s degree of skill and accuracy. Competing in wheelchairs, athletes with severe impairments throw, kick or use a ramp device to propel leather balls on a hard flat surface as close as possible to a white ball which serves as the jack (target). Athletes compete in team or pairs and individual events on an equal level purely based on classification.
Boccia is played competitively at national and international level. Boccia was originally played by athletes with cerebral palsy, but now includes athletes with other disabilities which affect motor skills. Boccia is also widely played as an educational and recreational game, particularly in schools. At Paralympic level, Boccia is one of only two sports which do not have an Olympic counterpart (Goalball being the other).
You would be joining the organisation in an exciting period of re-energisation. We have secured three years of funding to build coaching capability and capacity, to particularly support the grass roots growth of Boccia in Australia.
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