Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) has today announced the launch of a National Coach Registration, with a focus on both safeguarding participants and creating a safe coaching environment for everyone involved.
BBNZ People Development Lead, Amy McClintock says that the organisation is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for everyone that participates in basketball in New Zealand.
“Our coaches play an integral role in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for our tamariki and rangatahi to participate in our sport,” says McClintock.
“The implementation of this National Coach Registration assists in creating a safe environment for both the participants and coaches, helping to ensure that the wellbeing of the participant at the centre of our thinking.”
McClintock says that adults interacting with children and/or vulnerable adults are in a position of trust and influence and as such, have a significant role to play in creating this safe environment.
“As part of BBNZ’s push for ‘best practice’ standards in the area of coaching and supervision, we see the national registration of coaches as a fundamental requirement.
“As such, from August 2022, it’ll be a requirement for anyone coaching at BBNZ sanctioned events to be registered on our database and complete three online modules. It is highly recommended for other coaches who have regular interaction with young people.”
McClintock says that this initiative is based on creating safer and more secure basketball environments for tamariki, rangatahi and vulnerable adults, as well as those charged with holding a duty of care and responsibility for our participants – including BBNZ, associations, and clubs.
“We strongly encourage our members to engage and utilise those coaches that have registered into the national database. We also would like to acknowledge all of the coaches in Aotearoa, their incredible mahi and continued impact they have on our participants.”
When coaches complete their registration, they will agree to abide by the BBNZ Coaches Code of Conduct and Protection of Young People’s Policy. Coaches will also give permission to be police vetted in a further effort to protect vulnerable participants.
Step 1: Register with Basketball New Zealand as a coach via The Huddle (GameDay) – http://bbnz.link/fwqnr
Step 2: Complete the following 3 online learning modules (https://sporttutor.nz/bbnz)
- Coaching Safety Net
- Basketball New Zealand Aktive: Good Sports Foundation Modules
- Thriving Under Fire