NCDA Webinar for Coach Developers

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Masamitsu Ito, Nippon Sport Science University, Deputy Director of NCDA

John Bales, International Council for Coaching Excellence, Deputy Director of NCDA

Andy Rogers, Sport New Zealand 

Record in the Past Webinars


The 4th NCDA webinar for  Coach Developers
- Innovative Ways to Support Coaches’ Practice

When: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

4th NCDA Webinar for CDs (Main Room (59m) )
Breakout room by Steven Dillon, Linda Low,
Condrey Liu and Penny Crisfield (each 10m)


The NCDA webinar will explore a variety of ways for coach developers to support coaches’ practice, stressing the need to identify appropriate support options for each coach and in a pragmatic, cost-effective way. It will showcase 4 different examples and use breakout rooms to allow coach developers to explore one area in more depth.


Speakers Profile


Steven Dillon is currently the Pre Academy Coordinator at Melbourne Victory Football Club. He is an alumni of the ICCE / NCDA Coach Developer Academy and was previously the National Coach Development Manager of New Zealand Football. Steven now oversees the leadership of a key junior football development programme which includes players, coaches, clubs and parents and aims to facilitate positive and aspirational learning experiences for everyone involved.


Hayley Harrison is the Head Trainer at Sport Ireland Coaching and an ICCE Master Trainer, delivering Coach Developer programmes both nationally and internationally across 50+ sports. She trains Coach Developers and Trainers of Coach Developers and has a special interest in the skills required to design and deliver support programmes. Hayley also heads up the High Performance Coach Support programme in Ireland and is a High Performance coach in her own right, having coached athletics for over 30 years at World and Olympic level.


Condrey Liu is currently employed at Singapore Swimming Association as a Coach and Club Development Officer. An Alumni of the ICCE / NCDA Coach Developer Program, he led the creation of a coach development program for Swimming in Singapore. He was instrumental in the revamp of the previous coach education program for new coaches and is now working to create new Continuing Coaches Education and recertification programs for current coaches.


Linda Low has been at the forefront of coach education in the UK for many years., working with sportscotland, UK Athletics and Rugby Football League. She has designed, developed and implemented coach education systems, which resulted in her being awarded UK Coach Developer of the year in 2014. Linda is a lead facilitator on the Women’s Sport Leadership High Performance coaching programme and has responsibility for training and supporting the leadership mentoring.  She has a keen interest in leadership and sport specific mentoring and how this can support the development of high performance coaches.Linda  is now a consultant working internationally. Based in Ohio she works collaboratively with e.t.c Coaching Consultants to support the delivery of high quality coaching education and coach development.


Penny Crisfield is an ICCE Master Trainer and with John Bales, initiated the NCDA Coach Developer Programme in Japan and pioneered the ICCE Coach Developer Programmes. She wrote the ICCE International Coach Developer Framework and is the Director of her own training company, Apollinaire.  She is currently working with Norman Brook on a World Triathlon Mentoring programme which ai aiming to increase and sustain the number of women and people with disability in leadership roles and develop the skills of male and female coaches, technical officials and administrators/leaders  through a sustainable mentoring programme that will have a significant impact on the sport of triathlon. 


The 3rd NCDA webinar for  Coach Developers:

Supporting coaches where little IT resources are available

When: Thursday, May 21, 2020

3rd NCDA Webinar for CDs (Video Clip (1h03m) )


Our 3rd NCDA webinar is "Supporting coaches where little IT resources are available"

We can say that our discussions on coach development are mainly led by coach developers in developed countries. Also researches on coach development have been conducted mostly in North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and a part of South America.

 However, the truth is that all the countries are willing to have a quality coaching. It is vital to help and cooperate each other for all the athletes around world to receive quality coaching and have a foundation to live better life through sports. In this situation of COVID-19 global pandemic, we are thinking that the communication with others has got much difficult where little IT resources are available.

In this 3rd webinar, we think it is a time for us to focus our thoughts on the scene beyond IT wall, with Pelle Kvalsund (mainly in Zambia and southern African countries) and Chris Nunn (mainly in Oceanian island nations), who have been working for coach development and athlete development in developing countries, and Glenn Cundari, an international coach developer.

Speakers Profile

Glenn Cundari is the Founder and Lead Coach Developer at COACH+, a company primarily focuses on supporting sport organizations in an effort to increase coaching effectiveness. Currently working in nine different sports , he consults s current Technical Director for the PGA of Canada, responsible for the National Coach Certification Program for golf in Canada. Glenn is also the Master Coach Developer for golf in Canada. Glenn is a precious winner of the National Coach Developer of the Year in Canada. He was part of the original team that developed Canada’s Long-Term Player Development Guide for golf. His work in coach and athlete development led him to speak about instructor and coach development in 20 countries. He was a member of the group that recently developed the International Golf Coaching Framework on behalf of the International Golf Federation and the International Olympic Committee. Glenn took part in the third cohort (2016 - 2017) of the NCDA and came back to NCDA as a senior coach developer in 2017-18 . He also worked as a facilitator in introductory coach developer program of NCDA in 2018. One of Glenn’s recent highlights was as Team Canada coach at the 2019 Special Olympic World Games in United Arab Emirates.

Pelle Kvalsund is an international sport development and coach development specialist. Working with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF), and their international development cooperation unit, Pelle support coaches and sport associations that NIF partner with both on an individual and systemic level. His passion and job is to support the formation of coaching practices that are practical and contextually suitable for coaches and athletes in their countries. Pelle also took part in third cohort (2016 - 2017) of the NCDA and came back to NCDA as a senior coach developer in 2017-18.

Chris Nunn is motivated by getting the best out of people. As an athlete he represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, and then transferred his knowledge and motivation across to become one of the world’s most successful Paralympic Coaches. He led the Australian Athletics Team to be the best in the world at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to people with a disability.

Chris is now an international consultant working with Olympic and Paralympic Committees with an emphasis on coach development, leadership and mentoring. He considers the critical factor in leadership is for the individual to understand themselves before attempting to lead others. Organisations which invest in their people will achieve a higher level of performance. “Build a better person, get a better result”

The 2nd NCDA webinar for  Coach Developers
- Towards Building Coach Developer Systems Across Asia/Oceania

When: Saturday, May 2, 2020

2nd NCDA Webinar for CDs (Video Clip (1h06m) )


Speakers Profile

Azhar Yusof is the Director of CoachSG at the Singapore Sport Institute; an academy leading the coach education and development in Singapore. He was previously a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Head (Teaching) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He was a former national athlete and represented Singapore in rugby at the international stage. He later went on to pursue coaching and match officiating and was in the Asian Rugby Elite Panel and High Performance Review Panel for many years. He is also a Trainer with World Rugby and does education and training work around the region. He has a background in teaching and taught for many years in schools before joining NIE as an academic staff where he specialised in curriculum, teaching and learning. He is a qualified coach in a number of sports and his experiences in sport has enabled him to lead the coaching education and development efforts well across all sports in Singapore with the aim of raising the value proposition of sport and coaching, and realizing the national goal of “living better through sport”. Azhar gave us a brilliant talk on coach development case in Singapore in our 7th NCDA International Symposium on 15th Feb, 2020. 

Jackie Travertz (Papua New Guinea) is working at the High Performance PNG as an athletic coach and the para sport coordinator and has been working on the para athlete identify, the promotion of para sports, and the athlete/coach development in Papua New Guinea. She is also active as an athlete and participated in the Pacific Games in Samoa this year. She is a good coach as a learner and is committed to everything to improve her coaching and the coaching environment in Papua New Guinea.

A graduate and return presenter of the NCDA, Ashley Ross has been involved in coaching athletes and coaches from grass roots to world championship teams across sports and genders with experience around the globe for more than 35 years. He currently leads Coach Development for the South Australian Sports Institute.

1st NCDA Webinar for CDs (Video Clip (1h10m) )

The 1st NCDA Webinar for Coach Developers
- Supporting Coaches during COVID-19

What can Coach Developers do to support coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distancing, self-isolation, closed training sites, and cancelled competitions are a new reality? What are you and your coaches doing to face these extraordinary challenges?

Share your ideas and experiences with a panel of Coach Developers, including Maiju Kokkonen from the Sports Institute of Finland, Pekka Clewer from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, and Andy Rogers from Sport New Zealand and Masa Ito from Nippon Sport Science University / NCDA.

When: Friday, 24 April 2020 (60min)
8:00 eastern North America; 13:00 UK; 21:00 Tokyo; 22:00 Sydney; midnight Auckland.

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