NSFA is delighted to announce revised delivery of the NSFA Coach Development pathway, with changes to the Skill and Game Training Certificates in order to best support the needs and demands of our NSFA coaching community.
Following consultation with our coaching community, we understand the barriers within our society at present, such as limited work-life balance, ground availability, time, course costs, transport, facility access, duplication of content and a lack of support or confidence – which all leads to restricted accessibility to obtain further knowledge or qualifications.
Subsequently, we have diversified the delivery of the coach development pathway by implementing the most up-to-date coaching content within a ‘Blocked Approach’ to provide modular opportunities for coaches:
- Block 1 – Introduction to Coaching (Online)
- Block 2 – How We Coach (Practical)
- Block 3 ST – Skill Training Coaching (Practial)
- Block 3 GT – Game Training Coaching (Practical)
Registration and further information on each module is available on the NSFA Coach Education Hub.
“The Blocked Approach utilises a variety of delivery methods such as Online discussions, practical delivery, coaching follow ups and access to additional external innovative coaching resources such as NSFA’s new INSPIRE FC Online Coach Support platform,” commented NSFA Coach Development Manager Jake Stephenson.
“Consequently, this will look to add variation to challenge the thinking, understanding and methods utilised by coaches to support NSFA player development.”
“Our priority is to ensure every coach who has a desire to develop their understanding of football and coaching can access a formal and/or informal learning pathway at a time that is best suited to them, selected by them.”
NSFA CEO Edward Ferguson applauded the new structure and its ability to cater to the NSFA community.
“This innovation is another way Jake and the football department have listened to the community to provide a better experience and service to our volunteer coaches,” he said.
“This new approach is ground-breaking in Australia, placing the coach at the centre of the journey to ensure content and qualifications are accessible, engaging and enhance participants knowledge.
“Due to its simple approach I hope we see more parent coaches, volunteer coaches and returning coaches engaging in the modules to refresh and upskill themselves.”
If you are a first time coach, a volunteer parent helper, an existing coach or a coach mentor, we hope this new approach provides you with additional learning opportunities at a time that suits you.
We look forward to continuing to welcome and support you into the NSFA Coaching Community to provide the best coach development experience for all.
Further enquiries can be directed to NSFA Coach Development Manager Jake Stephenson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NSFA Coach Development team will continue to run the MiniRoos Coaching Certificate in partnership with NSFA clubs and as part of our Coaching Expos, which will be held from mid-March to early April.