We run a Coach Development Program in partnership with the NT Institute of Sport. If you’re an aspiring coach for young athletes, we encourage you to get involved.

The program is a unique opportunity to take part in a community sport skills program for children, learn from experienced coaches and gain your triathlon coach accreditation.

Who can participate?

The Coaching Development Program is for coaches who want to work with youth and junior athletes and believe that their first responsibility is creating a positive environment for athletes’ development.

Participants are required to hold an Ochre card and an Annual Membership with Triathlon Australia.

What’s involved?

Over the course of nine to 12 months, you’ll participate in as many training sessions as you can and attend up to three Triathlon Academy Camps throughout the year for a total of 12 days. On completion, you’ll be an accredited triathlon coach.

About the Triathlon Academy Camps

Each camp runs for four days and doubles as a hands-on development opportunity for coaches and junior athletes alike. The camps are live-in and take place in various locations across the NT.

You’ll learn by coaching and be mentored by an experienced performance coach to deliver a holistic coaching program. The program goes beyond just sport: you’ll learn strategies for supporting young athletes’ physical, technical, tactical, psychological and cognitive needs.

Find out more about the Academy camps.

About the daily training sessions

The daily training sessions are run at various venues in Darwin and focus on swimming, cycling, running and general sports skills. You’ll deliver coaching programs under the guidance of an experienced coach.

Find out more about the training sessions.

What’s our coaching philosophy?

Our Coaching Development Program uses the Foundations | Talent | Elite | Mastery (FTEM) framework, which was developed and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Sport.

This framework recognises that good quality physical education and knowing the basics of movement is key to any child’s development in sport.

The first responsibility of any coach is to create a positive and inclusive experience that challenges all young athletes equally. That means working with each child as an individual to strengthen their weaknesses and challenge their strengths.

During the Coaching Development Program, you’ll learn how to help young athletes ride the ups and downs of sport by developing their:

  • physical competence
  • confidence and resilience
  • technique and speed
  • technical excellence in sports skills.

Our coaching approach develops young athletes’ capabilities, rather than focusing on faster or longer performances. We teach them how to:

  • have a strong and stable posture
  • master fundamental movement skills
  • develop a lifestyle that supports their sporting goals

Only once young athletes have mastered these, do we focus on building their capacity for endurance sport.

I’m interested. What next?

Contact Tim Ellison, head of Pathway Management Services at Triathlon Northern Territory to express your interest.

0437 602 346 or

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