Coach Development Update – April/May

Coach Development Update – April/May

During April and May there’s been many coach development initiatives and opportunities to support the hundreds of coaches within NSFA.

NSFA’s Coach Development strategy continues to focus on developing initiatives in line with the various ways individuals learn. We continue to acknowledge the 70:20:10 adult learning model to provide consistent support to all coaches. Likewise, we recognise that the most effective way to support coaches is to provide ‘on the job support’ whilst they are coaching, alongside informal and formal learning opportunities.

“We’d like to acknowledge and recognise all NSFA Coach Developers and coaches involved in these free initiatives so far this season,” said NSFA Coach Development Manager Jake Stephenson.

“The positive engagement, learning avenues and willingness to develop through these developments opportunities ensure that the coach and player are always at the forefront of NSFA’s Coach Development strategy.

“NSFA continues to see Coach Development as an investment to raise the standards and competencies of the world game – with collaboration, honesty and a growth mindset anything is possible.”

NSFA Community Coach Expos – Formal and Informal Learning

Our April and May Community Coach Expos ensured up to 60+ coaches were afforded the opportunity to achieve their Miniroos Coaching Certificate accreditation, alongside upskilling themselves with Skill Acquisition Phase workshops across two different venues at Rofe Park in Hornsby and Blackman Park at Lane Cove.

For both of these events, NSFA would like to recognise Lane Cove FC’s Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) Sarah Uff and Hornsby Heights FC’s CCC Wade Dominish for partnering with the association in co-organising these events by providing players to participate in these workshops, equipment and field organisation.

There has now been a grand total of a 100+ coaches for the three expos that have been delivered – NSFA congratulate the engagement from within the coaching community and wish you a happy season of coaching ahead!

Clubs represented: Asquith SC, Berowra FC, Chatswood Rangers JFC, Gordon FC, Hornsby Heights FC, Mount Colah FC, Hornsby RSL FC, St Ives FC, North Sydney United FC, Lane Cove FC, Turramurra United FC, Kissing Point FC, West Pymble FC, Northbridge FC and Northern Tigers FC

NSFA Coach Developers – Jake Stephenson, Chris Adams, Brendon Dalton, Kristi Murphy

MiniRoos Coaching Certificate Courses – Formal Learning

MiniRoos Courses have been delivered in partnership with Hornsby Girls High School, Sacred Heart Mosman FC and as part of Female Football Week with a Female Only Miniroos Course.

Collaborating with schools to deliver a youth coach Miniroos course, working with clubs in need of support and targeting new female coach initiatives highlights NSFA’s approach to provide all areas of football and individuals with development opportunities.

The recent Miniroos courses delivered to 35 coaches looked to the inspire the next generation of coaches to enhancing coach and player development – with congratulations going to Lorin Lambert who delivered her first Miniroos course.

Partners – Hornsby Girls High School, NSFA Female Football Week.

Club Represented – West Pymble FC, Northbridge FC, North Sydney FC, Willoughby Dalleys FC, Lindfield FC, Sacred Heart Mosman FC

NSFA Coach Developers – Eilidh Mackay, Jake Stephenson, Lorin Lambert, Jeremy Ferral-Smith

Matchday Mentoring – On-the-Job Experience and Informal Learning Support

Over the past month NSFA have kicked off our NSFA Super League and Diamond League matchday mentoring for the season. This initiative is designed to support NSFA coaches on the ground in their club setting by receiving be-spoke mentoring by NSFA Coach Developers.

Each week NSFA’s team of coach developers are allocated to a variety of clubs throughout the region – guiding all NSFA Super League and Diamond league coaches in their own environment. The team of mentors have ensured the coaches are challenged, supported, whilst walking away post-match feeling empowered to inspire others.

So far this season across 4 weeks, Coach developers have collectively successfully mentored 48 Coach engagements, spanning across 14 clubs, 24 matches throughout NSFA’s Super League and Diamond League competitions.

Get to know our NSFA Coach Developers as we continue to release Coach Developer Spotlights throughout the season.

Clubs represented so far: St Ives FC, Chatswood FC, Hornsby Heights FC, Lane Cove FC, North Sydney FC, Northbridge FC, Lindfield FC, West Pymble FC, Lane Cove West, Kissing Point FC, Turramurra United FC, Prouille FC, Berowra FC, Mount Colah FC

NSFA Coach Developers: Jaz Virdee, Brendon Dalton, Kristi Murphy, Andrew Galbraith, Lorin Lambert, David Neale, Jake Cohen

Youth Coach Development Program – Formal Learning

The second Youth Coach Development Program (YCDP) of the year took place in the April school holidays, and it was pleasing to see many youth coaches between 15-22 years of age upskilling themselves, having fun and becoming an accredited coach with the NSFA region.

The young candidates were understandably apprehensive of ‘what’s to come’ on the course at the start of Day 1, yet through their engagement, determination and willingness to learn they developed into talented, competent and confident coaches by the end of Day 2.

There was another 12 youth coaches involved within this initiative taking the yearly total to just shy of 40 youth coaches gaining their accreditations through this program.

NSFA will be running a Youth Coach Development program each school holidays with the next course on the 7th and 8th July 2022 – see the NSFA’s Coach Development page for further information on how to sign up & create infographic.

Clubs represented: Lindfield FC, Chatswood Rangers FC, Northbridge FC, Mount Colah FC, Northern Tigers FC

NSFA Coach Developers: Jake Stephenson, Eilidh Mackay

NSFA Blocked Approach – Skill and Game Training Certificates – Formal Learning

In June, this will be the final opportunity during this season to finalise your coaching accreditations in order to achieve your Skill Training or Game Training Certificates!

Achieve your coaching qualifications by attending the course modules below:

  • Block 1 – Wednesday 1st June – 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Online)
  • Block 2 –  Saturday 4th June – 1:30pm – 6pm (Thomson Park)
  • Block 3 ST – Saturday 11th June – 1:30pm – 6pm (Thomson Park)
  • Block 3 GT – Saturday 18th June – 1:30pm – 6pm (Thomson Park)

Click here for more information and to register!

Funding from XLR8 Player Development programs helps support the delivery of FREE community coach education of NSFA coaches.

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