With the launch of the digital side of our new youth development program Kids to Grids recently, we are now working on plans for the at-track training aspects. Initially this training will focus on rookie drivers new to the sport, before eventually offering more advanced levels for other competitors.
Although a basic strategy for the rollout of training has been decided, this and the coaching documents will be adjusted over time based on feedback from coaches and parents. With seasons for tracks in the NT, Northern WA & Northern QLD starting early next year, the first rollout of training will target these areas, giving new drivers some guidance before their season begins.
Our goal for coaching is to have one coach for each venue youth are competing at, or one coach to cover multiple venues of which race events don’t clash. It’s important to also note that we are looking for coaches that will be able to engage with youth in any class, as opposed to having separate coaches for each individual category. Volunteers are hard to come by and our sport needs to utilize it’s resources in the most efficient way, with a whole of sport approach.
We are now seeking expressions of interest from potential coaches in the areas mentioned above. The perfect KTG coach is an upbeat individual that can engage with youth from a range of backgrounds, keep coaching fun and relatable, provide constructive feedback and isn’t already wearing multiple hats. Coaches need to be a point of contact at race events and have the time available to do so. Working with Children checks will also be mandatory.
If you believe you or someone at your venue has the skillset and right attitude to take on this role, please get in touch with us. A brief background on the person’s history inside the sport and out will also be valuable and help us work to find the perfect coach in each area.
As 2021 progresses and with feedback in hand from the northern venues, the training will be rolled out throughout the country.