Sport Programs

The primary objective of Sport Programs unit is to manage the successful development and advancement of Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) athletes along their sporting pathways. The other main objective is to recruit, develop and retain quality coaches. Sport Programs oversees the 13 squad sport programs and individual athlete programs to ensure they are athlete focused, coach managed and expert supported.

Sport Programs assists NTIS coaches with the management of finance and budgeting for their program. This includes overseeing annual training and competition plans as well as setting, assessing and reporting of key performance objectives. The Sport Programs unit also provides an effective link between the NTIS, the Northern Territory Sporting Organisations (NTSO) and National Sporting Organisations (NSO), through the management of individual Sport Agreements.

Sport Programs administers the scholarships for individual and squad athletes and monitors all individual athlete development plans.

Currently there are 13 sports operating programs at the NTIS. Four of these are housed internally at the NTIS, Marrara Athletics Stadium. They are Cricket, Hockey, Netball and Rugby League, all of which have full time coaches. Nine sport programs are located externally, Football (Soccer), Sailing, Swimming, Squash, Basketball, Athletics, Triathlon, Golf and Tenpin Bowling, all of whom have external coaches or coaching coordinators.

Sport Program services include:

  • Coach recruitment, retention, support, welfare and professional development
  • Athlete scholarship management
  • Mid-year and end of year program reviews
  • Coach meetings  
  • Individual athlete development plan monitoring
  • Athlete results tracking and recognition of achievements
  • Coach / Athlete / Parent inductions and education
  • NTIS policy development and implementation including child protection, harassment free sport and the athlete/coach code of conduct
  • NTIS sport framework and sport application process
  • Risk management

Sport Programs Manager – Sean Cooke
The Sport Programs Manager oversees the management of all of the NTIS Sport Programs, both internal and external. He fosters stakeholder relationships between the National Sports Organisations, Northern Territory Sports Organisations and the NTIS. He is directly responsible for Coach recruitment, development and retention.

He is responsible for administering the scholarship functions of the Individual Athlete scholarship program. He monitors all injured athlete agreements, plays a lead role in policy development and manages effective key sponsor relationships. He also monitors closely the achievements of NTIS athletes competing both nationally and internationally. The Sport Programs Manager is also the administrator of the of the NTIS database.

Sport Programs Coordinator – Don Boyanton
The Sport Programs Coordinator is responsible for administering the scholarship and risk management functions of all squad programs. He also delivers coach inductions and coordinates coach professional development activities, athlete/parent inductions and community education.

He also manages individual athlete plans and is the editor of the NTIS website. Other administrative functions include policy development and implemenatiation, secretariat to all Joint Management Committee Reviews as well as performing the role of NTIS Member Protection Information Officer.

For further information please phone 08 8922 6811.