In late 2017 the Sport Climbing Australia (SCA) commissioned a National Coaching Committee (NCC) with the aim to: “develop strong communication and knowledge sharing between coaches in Australia.” Furthermore, “the committee will work towards the improvement of the standard of coaches around Australia available to our athletes”. In March of 2018 a vision, mission and a set of strategic objectives was adopted by the NCC.
Vision: “The Sport Climbing Australia Coaching Committee will build a coaching community focused on climbing on artificial structures which is recognised both nationally and internationally for delivering best practice programming and nurturing new coaching talent.”
Mission: “Driving performance of Australian climbers through educating new and experienced coaches, recognising coaching through certification pathways and advocating for the advancement of coaches in the climbing community.”
The three initial strategic objectives of the NCC are:
Developing a national climbing coach accreditation framework which focuses on assessing a coach's ability
Creating a coaches education pathway which aligns with the certification framework
Building the capacity of the SCA to execute and manage the accreditation and education processes once developed.
Draft National Climbing Coach Accreditation (NCCA) Framework
The purpose of the NCCA Framework is to outline the basis for both assessment activities which will be undertaken to recognise coaches experience and skills as well as to develop the curriculum to educate emerging coaches and define the career pathway and opportunities open to climbing coaches in Australia. While the precise content of assessment and training activities must adapt to changes in our sport, the framework should serve as a relatively static guide as to how we as a coaching community define the key attributes of both competence and excellence in climbing coaching. Therefore, readers should understand that the use of some general terms has been done purposely in order to allow assessment and training content the ability to adapt to future changes in our sport and keep our coach assessment and training relevant now and into the future.
This document will remain in draft form while the NCC seeks feedback from key stakeholder and currently active climbing coaches. The deadline for feedback will be confirmed and posted on this page but will likely be in mid-2019.
Public forums and targeted consults will be undertaken by NCC members and will be posted under in the SCA event calendar and advertised on social media.