Coaching and Volunteering Programmes

Waikato Institute for Leadership and Sports Studies (WILSS)

WILSS are a charitable trust and training provider who deliver quality education to promote opportunities in leadership and volunteering. Their purpose is to help build capability of sport and recreation leaders and volunteers in our communities.


Programmes on offer

Youth Volunteering
This program is designed for secondary school students from year 9-13, as a way of developing leadership through volunteering within their school or community environment. Students work towards three awards, that look great on their CV. Resources and leadership workshops are available throughout the programme. This is great opportunity for students who are already volunteering within the school or community to be recognized for their dedication to giving back.

Smart Coach
For first time or beginning coaches seeking to support a school level sports team. This program can also lead towards a national qualification. This can be offered to students, staff, or adult volunteers/coaches. There are a range of topics on offer (see flyer) and sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants.

For more information, visit their website: About Us | Waikato Institute for Leadership Sport Studies (

Contact Person: Sam Knight
Contact email:


Click the images below to discover various online coaching resources


Coach For life Website

‘The Mana Enhancer’ resource

The Players Coach: Shane McLeod’s Story

Click on the link above to watch Shane McLeod’s Story on YouTube

The Mana Enhancer: Yvette McCausland-Durie’s Story

Click on the link above for access to a video about Yvette McCausland-Durie’s Story






Left: Activities that you can use with your teams
and individuals
Right: Videos including specific goal keeping activities, coaching tips and more

Left: Youth cards available for download will provide you with many session ideas to use with your teams
Right: Learn about coaching at your own pace. Football related but applicable to a larger audience

A range of activities to use with your cricket team



More Tips

Loads of training and skill development ideas to use with your teams

Complete short courses that will increase your confidence and coaching tools

Various home advantage YouTube videos from some well known NZ athletes