Massey University will employ a coach-in-residence to assist with its sport management and coaching programme and mentor young athletes in the region.
The position, initially for one year beginning in January, is a joint initiative between the university and Sport Manawatu.
School of Sport and Exercise lecturer in sports management Ian O'Boyle said the coach-in-residence would ideally be a respected coach in their chosen sport.
They would join the school's staff and assist in producing coaching papers.
"The coach-in-residence will give students looking at going into coaching the ability to learn from someone working in the industry, so they will receive a practical as well as theoretical understanding," he said.
The role also involves liaising with high-performance coaches and organising coaching clinics.
The coach will also work with a selection of young athletes from the region. Sport Manawatu chief executive Mike Daisley said it would be a benefit to the region's young sporting talent.
O'Boyle said the position was a 0.4 equivalent fulltime role, and the coach would be able to continue in his or her other roles.
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