An evaluation of SPARC’s Coach Accelerator Programme (CAP Research Underway


An evaluation of SPARC’s Coach Accelerator Programme (CAP

Lead Researcher

Dr Lynn Kidman and Professor Dawn Penney


Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and University of Waikato


Description of Project

SPARC’s CAP provides top coaches with the skills to produce World, Olympic and Paralympic champions within five years.  The research project will investigate what effect the programme has had on the pedagogical (coaching) skills of coaches involved in the programme to date and on their athletes’ learning (short-term). It will also seek to determine the ongoing effect of the CAP in relation to how coaches use established and new pedagogies to enhance athlete learning and performance at an elite level (long-term).
The study will look retrospectively at six coaches and their athletes from the the 2009 and 2010 intakes and track the development of two coaches from the 2011 intake for three years



Areas of Focus




December 9, 2011

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