Clint Ernst (back left) will Head Coach the Kimberley Spirit U19's Program in 2018.jpg

Clint Ernst (back left) will Head Coach the Kimberley Spirit U19's Program in 2018.jpg

Michael Farmer teaches students the practical component of the Level One AFL Coaching Accreditation.jpg

Becoming an accredited coach is an important step in ensuring that you are providing a quality service to the participants with whom you are working. The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is Australia’s system of training and accrediting coaches. It is recommended that all coaches become accredited through the NCAS. The NCAS training programs include the following components:

·       Coaching General Principles
·       Sports Specific

Level 1: General Principles Coaching

The Level 1 General Principles Coaching is aimed at coaches working with children. There are five modules in the course and it takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete. The Department of Sport and Recreation delivers this course in towns throughout the Kimberley or it can be completed on-line at the Australian Sports Commission website. Once competency has been established participants will be issued a certificate outlining the accreditation.

The sport specific component of the Level 1 coaching accreditation focuses on the teaching of skills, techniques and strategies in your chosen sport of preference. The sport specific course has a theoretical and practical component.


For more information on the general principles course contact Dean Holder from Department of Sport and Recreation or your local Garnduwa office.



Sport Specific


Australian Rules Football or AFL

The AFL Level 1 Accreditation is delivered annually in the Kimberley and courses are delivered over two evenings targeting junior and senior community coaches.

The AFL Level 2 Coaching Accreditation is for coaches who have extensive coaching experience at the community level or higher. Coaches that work with high performance programs and state level competitions are required to be Level 2 accredited. The Level 2 Accreditation course is delivered annually in Perth.

For dates, venues and enrolment details for all AFL coach accreditation courses, contact your local Football Development Coordinator at Garnduwa:

West Kimberley
Michael Farmer
Phone: (08) 9195 5751

East Kimberley
Ryan Campbell
Phone: (08) 9168 3933



The netball specific level coaching accreditation courses require the coaches to be assessed by an appropriately qualified person. There are numerous levels of accreditation for netball coaches including:

·       Foundation Coaching Accreditation

·       Development Coaching Accreditation

·       Intermediate Coaching Accreditation

·       Advanced Coaching Accreditation

·       Elite Coaching Course

·       High Performance Coaching Accreditation

Netball coaches in the Kimberley can be assessed at various stages throughout the year including the North West Championship. For more information on the netball Level 1 coaching accreditation visit the Netball WA website or contact Jane Edwards, the Garnduwa netball specialist.



The Softball specific Level 1 Accreditation is delivered by Softball WA. Courses are delivered regularly in the metropolitan region and have been delivered in the Kimberley region in previous years. For more information on dates, venues and enrolment information visit the Softball WA website or contact Annie Dann, Garnduwa’s Women in Sport Coordinator.



Basketball WA delivers a Level 0, 1 and Advanced Coach Accreditation courses. The Broome Basketball Association also has development opportunities available to volunteers. For more information on the development needs and opportunities for basketball coaches, visit the Basketball WA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



The West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) delivers coach accreditation courses in the metropolitan and also regionally. For more information on the requirements of the course and further details visit the WACA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



Athletics WA deliver a Level 1, 2 and 3 Coach Accreditation. For more information visit the Athletics WA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



Football West delivers coach development courses and seminars for coaches at various levels of participation. Former Perth Glory captain Jamie Harnwell services the Kimberley region frequently and has delivered skill development workshops around the region.

For more information on local coach development opportunities, contact the Broome Soccer Association and for further coaching information visit the Football West website or contact your local Garnduwa office.