Summer 2024/25 Coach in residence application

29 April 2024

PAPO Coach in residence 24 to 25

Peninsula and Plains Orienteering Club is one of the largest clubs in NZ with around 250 active members covering the wider Canterbury area. The majority of members are based in Christchurch, the main centre of the South Island. PAPO has a rich history of NZ and International representatives, World Champion Orienteers, Rogainers and Adventure Racers. 

This coming NZ Summer PAPO is offering a scholarship for a Coach in Residence. The scholarship is aimed at University aged orienteers from outside of New Zealand who are looking to improve their Orienteering and Coaching skills. (p.s. NZ is way better than Australia ????!)

What is involved:

• Approximately 10-15hrs/week helping with training (with flexibility)  

• Weekly trainings targeted at all skill levels

• Involvement with planning elite level training/weekend camps 

• Helping Juniors with high performance advice/giving talks 

• Training sessions for adults

• Possibility to coach/travel to other South Island clubs

Duration of stay:

The NZ orienteering season is from October (2024) to May (2025). We are looking for a candidate that can coach for a minimum of 3 months within this time period. During the Christmas - New Year Period everyone in NZ goes on holiday so you will too!

Skills and experience we are looking for:

• Ability to communicate in English 

• Elite level Orienteering background

• Previous orienteering coaching experience

• Planning, organising and setting training

• Mapping/Setting using orienteering software programs

• Good people interaction skills

• Ability to be able to adapt to the New Zealand way of life!

What PAPO can provide:

• Travel assistance: $2000 NZD* (pro rata based on duration of stay)

• Assistance with accommodation

• Assistance with nation-wide travel

• A great club environment

Other details:

• Drivers license is an advantage in NZ – public transport in NZ is very limited compared to Europe!

• Ability to ride a bike (bicycle) is an advantage

• Working Visa for NZ could allow you to extend your stay 

• Flights to/from NZ: Are at your own cost, and reimbursed once in residence

If you are interested in applying please submit an application here and fill in this google contact form so we have all applications in one spreadsheet.