TCNZ have hit a milestone this year.  50 years of advocacy and representation of professional tennis coaches across New Zealand.

Over the last 50 years, as an integral part of the NZ tennis landscape, TCNZ has supported and represented coaches on the ground as they passionately graft and carve out a living. As the industry evolved, so too did the assistance and requirements of the coaches who have ‘skin in the game’.

Over 50 years, TCNZ has had to morph and adapt to keep up and remain relevant with the climate of each generation, and with the advent of career administrators there has never been a more demanding coaching environment in NZ.  

With education and compliance now being at the crux of coaching businesses, TCNZ has spent the bulk of time for this last year carrying out police and qualification checks for coaches and their employers.  With police checking now being bottom line best industry practice, Coaches who have not fulfilled this component of their professionals are finding themselves shut out of employment opportunities.


By demand, TCNZ have stepped into this space to help and support coaches, clubs and associations with their compliance and clarification levels.  Helping administrators connect with the right coach for their needs is also another new role TCNZ is filling. Because TCNZ is an established coach advocacy organisation, we have a database and personal relationship based network of coaches across NZ and around the world.  New Zealand is synonymous with 3 degrees of separation and coaching is no different!

In this role, TCNZ is value adding as an independent conduit in the NZ coaching environment, connecting our vast network of members with the also evolving roles of clubs and associations.

The evolution of TCNZ over the last 50 years is healthy and to be celebrated. We are currently in discussion with TNZ to collaboratively put together a coach focussed celebration opportunity for coaches. It will reflect the desire of coaches to network and connect in a convivial atmosphere, and we look forward to announcing the format in the spring.


TCNZ is also looking forward to  seeing the direction TNZ will take under the new leadership of Julie Paterson. Every new CEO brings their own unique drive and ideas to the table and the coaching community are very interested to see where her leadership will take us during her tenure.



August 2015

Dear Clubs, Associations and Regions. In support of registered coaches across NZ you may find this useful.

Spring is here and coaching is starting to crank up, as winter sports finish, the days get longer and warmer and people turn their focus to the upcoming season.

With the change of season come other changes.
  AGMs are held, voting is complete and club committees are formed. Numerous coaches around NZ have wearily expressed their trepidation each year, as they hold their breath waiting to see the personnel changes their club may have. 

Some new committee members bring fresh enthusiasm, agendas and culture.
  Great committees inject a club with a positive atmosphere and vibe. They are a fantastic support and sounding board for coaches as they understand that by assisting coaches to provide an excellent environment they will deliver an inspirational tennis experience for their club.  These committees have respect for the years of graft and experience good coaches bring to the table, and the processes Tennis NZ has put in place that mutually benefit coaches and clubs.

They can also be soul destroying.  Last week a group of experienced coaches were having a discussion around the tiresome repetition they all experience when a new committee is formed only to find it is made up of new people who are scathing about the previous members, critical of the current programmes or processes in place, and absolute in their belief that only they know the way forward. They set about installing their own agendas that are inevitably based around the needs of their specific child or themselves.

The coaches were tired of the uncertainty, lack of respect for knowledge and process, and the righteous arrogance they are faced with when the vitriolic new committee begins making sweeping changes.

Registration is now being caught up in this process. The Coaches talked about a new junior committee chair who stated that “Registration is unnecessary. I can police check anyone I want and that’s all registration is for. Qualifications are a waste of time. In my experience qualifications are no guarantee of quality and neither is registration.”
 The coaches all had similar experience and acknowledged that sinking feeling of ‘I am doing all the right things...but what is the point?’

The point is:
  Registration is absolutely paramount to credibility as a coach in NZ.  Prior to registration, people had been able to coach in NZ with criminal convictions (including assaults and crimes against children). There was no process checking on the relevance or even existence of qualifications. There was no requirement for upskilling to a minimum entry level of qualification to deliver programmes (now JDC). There was no requirement for a current first aid certificate. And there was no data base for the community to tap into to find out coach information.

Coaches are one of the few constants in the tennis landscape with many having done 10+ years.
  Generally committees, boards, administrators and members are a revolving demographic.  Many coaches have years of observation and experience as to ‘what works and what doesn’t’, and are a wealth of information.

It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel......ASK YOUR REGISTERED COACH!