Coaching and Youth Sport Development department

The Coaching and Youth Sport Development department is part of sport and recreation at AUT.

Our coaching and youth development programmes are designed to enhance students’ applied knowledge of sport coaching, coach education/development, skill acquisition, sport psychology and performance analysis, with a strong focus on youth.

Undergraduate study in coaching and youth sport development will give you a solid grounding in this area.

Research in sport and recreation

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across sport and recreation.

More about our research

Industry associations

We work closely with a large number of national and regional sporting organisations, regional sports trusts, and disability sport organisations.

Scott Lewis
Bruce Alison
Sylvia North

Contact us

Kirsten Spencer
Head of Department
Coaching and Youth Sport Development

Prof John Cronin
Kristen Spencer
Ameya Kagali
Patria Hume and Hannah Wyatt
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Prof John Cronin
Small weights strong impact
20 Jan, 2022
Moving with small weights increases your strength as effectively as lifting large loads, AUT professor John Cronin explains wearable resistance.
Kristen Spencer
Top play – it's all in the eyes
01 Dec, 2021
AUT research at the U21 Hockey World Cup taking place in India aims to improve player decision-making and provide more goal opportunities.
Ameya Kagali
Post-grad realises sports medicine dream
11 Oct, 2021
An AUT degree has enabled Dr Ameya Kagali to realise his dream of working with athletes, serving as chief medical officer to the Indian Paralympics team.
Patria Hume and Hannah Wyatt
AUT experts solve All Blacks red card
13 Sep, 2021
AUT sport scientists pivotal in red card dismissal for All Black.
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Feeling the Tokyo Heat
15 Apr, 2021
Top Kiwi athletes training for the Olympics under AUT’s Professor Andrew Kilding and other sport scientists.
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