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NCAS Candidate Training NSW NCAS Coach Meeting The start of 2011 marked a significant change in the A meeting for all NSW Coaches was held 1 September, administration of the NCAS scheme with the abolition 2011, attended by 30 coaches. The purpose of the of final exams for Level 1 and Level 2 coaches and meeting was threefold – a presentation on the new the introduction of a fully assessment-based course. Gow-Gates insurance products, to provide a forum for Coach Educators can now sign off all of a candidate’s coaches to discuss issues and suggestions and to give competencies for all the Introductory, Level 1 and Level coaches to have the opportunity to meet and network 2 modules – Horse Management, Riding and Coaching with fellow coaches. Will MacArthur and Kathryn – without the need for the candidate to be externally Thomson, both from Gow-Gates, gave a presentation assessed. explaining the EA Coach and EA membership insurances. The discussion session was chaired by Simon Kale and As a consequence of this shift in assessment Alex Townsend. A number of issues were identified and methodology no final exams were conducted this year. forwarded as agenda items for the National Coaching New, redrafted work books for all Introductory, Level Committee meeting was chaired by Simon Kale and 1 and Level 2 modules have been printed including Alex Townsend. It is planned that these meetings will be improved assessment slips allowing Coach Educators held every 6 months in advance of the National NCAS much greater ability to provide meaningful feedback Committee meetings. to candidates. These workbooks have been very well received by candidates and Coach Educators alike. Coach Updating Clinics Coach Educator/SSTA course A large number of Coach Updating Clinics run by Coach Educators were advertised throughout the year in the A Coach Educator/SSTA course was held in July. This coaching calendar on our branch website. To ensure all 3 day course was presented by EA National Office with coaches requiring attendance at an updating clinic in administrative assistance provided by the NSW NCAS 2011 were able to attend a clinic with minimal traveling Co-ordinator. The workshop was attended by 6 Coach time, extra clinics were able to be created in rural Educators and 6 Skill Specific Training Assessors, a mix areas whereby coaches requiring a clinic were put in of new candidates and updating CEs. Demonstration contact with local Coach Educators who were willing to coaches were provided at both Introductory and run a clinic. Every effort was made to ensure sufficient Level 1 skill levels and Richmond TAFE assisted with opportunity was available to all updating coaches. demonstration riders. Course participants were also The popularity of the online updating clinics offered by able to practice and discuss standards for assessing the Coach Educator, Jacqui Van Montfrans continues to grow competencies of the demonstration riders for Introductory as coaches recognize the ease of updating online in the Riding Skills as well as Introductory Horse Management comfort or their own home. competencies. Course assessors were Simon Kale and Chris Hardwicke. 2 additional updating clinics were held at SIEC to cater for Sydney based coaches looking to update. These clinics were hosted by Chrissie Johnson in September and Judy Fasher in October. These clinics were attended by a total of 17 coaches. Photos these pages courtesy Franz Venhaus, Christine Johnson, Ben Harris and Leanne Kingsbury, EA 84


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