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Sports trainer helps students achieve goals

By Patrick Nelson

Bill Adams (2nd from right) with sport and recreation students from MacDonnell Regional Council Bill Adams (2nd from right) with sport and recreation students from MacDonnell Regional Council

Eighteen sports and recreation students have returned home to some of the Outback’s remotest communities after a challenging week’s tuition in Alice Springs with one of Charles Darwin University’s most travelled VET trainers.

Sport Education Lecturer Bill Adams said the students had focussed on developing skills and knowledge to prepare sporting activities in their communities throughout MacDonnell Shire in the southern part of the Northern Territory.

“They are all employed as sport and recreation officers in their communities so the training directly applies to their roles as organisers of carnivals and other sports events and activities,” Mr Adams said.

“We discussed the circle of coaching, which involves warm-ups, playing the game, skill development and post-activity management.”

Mr Adams said football carnivals, softball competitions and other sporting activities helped provide a sense of belonging and coherence in many communities.

“They provide a sense of purpose and identity, and contribute to the general well-being at both individual and communal levels.”

Mr Adams, a former NT netball coach, said he draws from his 35 years coaching experience when delivering the Certificate II and III courses in Sport and Recreation.

“They are ‘must-have’ qualifications for someone wanting to work in the sport and recreation industry to support the operation of facilities such as fitness centres, sporting complexes or community recreation centres.”

It’s a job that keeps Mr Adams on the road most weeks of the year.

“My office is in Palmerston, but I’m hardly ever there,” he said.

“If I’m not in Nhulunbuy or Kintore, I’m at Wadeye or Lake Nash, or somewhere in between.”