Last night the NSFA winter football season truly concluded, with the network of Club Coach Coordinators meeting for the final time this year to review the season and discuss ideas, initiatives and best practice ahead of the 2019 season.
The Club Coach Coordinator program hit the ground running in its first year at NSFA in 2018, with 23 clubs signing up to be a part of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) initiative. The CCC program aims to increase the focus and support grassroots clubs and football associations provide to their community coaches.
Research has shown that the coach is the biggest influencer on a players football experience, and this year the NSFA CCC network have put in place many measures to improve how they support coaches within their club to better the playing experience for players, as well as the coaching experience for the coaches involved.
CCCs share their experiences from the season.
The end of season review night provided Community Football Manager Ed Ferguson a chance to share various success stories from clubs throughout the region, as well as sharing his vision for the program for 2019 and beyond.
Club Success Stories
Troy Sheather, our CCC at Hornsby Heights FC lead the way early in the season hosting a ‘coaches introduction night’ which included the sharing of the HHFC club vision and culture before heading out onto the park to deliver a MiniRoos Certificate with the support of Ed Ferguson. Troy commented on this early impact;
“The night gave us an opportunity to welcome coaches back to the club for the season as well as introducing my role and discussing the various ways HHFC and NSFA are here to support them. It proved the ice breaker for the season, with all coaches having a foundation of coaching knowledge and understanding of the club”.
Keiron Rice from Asquith SC held a parents and coaches ‘welcome night’ at the start of the season, which Rice claims was the seed to creating a positive change in the club culture;
“The welcome night gave us a chance to meet everyone and as the season progressed we saw an increase in coaches working with each other and discussing football matters whilst training. For a smaller sized club, the culture change has been extremely successful and I am happy to announce that we will have another CCC on board next year in Mark Williams’.
Ed Ferguson would like to highlight the continued good work that North Sydney United FC undertake each year, with Joe Liddle leading a team of coaches that help mentor new, inexperienced and MiniRoos coaches in their training sessions each week of the season. Ferguson commented;
“Joe and NSU are leading the way at the moment in terms of coach mentoring which is great to see. Joe is very passionate about raising the coaching standard and playing experience for the whole club and you can truly see and feel this when you visit a NSU oval on a weeknight”.
Bigger and Better in 2019
Ed Ferguson shared his vision for the FFA program, outlining the importance for NSFA and clubs to continue to build the capabilities of the CCC network and succession planning. Ferguson continued;
“The CCC program has had a remarkable effect in one season at NSFA and I am looking forward to seeing the program and CCC’s grow and develop in their role to be a long lasting legacy that will be a stand out initiative implemented by NSFA”.
Ed Ferguson also highlighted Lane Cove FC’s 2019 preparations, announcing that LCFC will be expanding their current CCC program to include four CCC’s in 2019 to help share the workload and influence more coaches within their club as they look to create a collective and supportive coaching culture at the club.
“Lane Cove FC have taken a great step forward ahead of the 2019 season. I continue to promote that ‘many hands make light work’ in relation to the CCC program and this is a perfect example. For any parent or coach looking for a club in 2019, Lane Cove FC have certainly set themselves apart from their neighbours in providing this level of support”.
Guest Speaker – Dave Mitchell
The night was rounded out with a special guest presentation and informal discussion with former Socceroos, current FFA Hall of Fame and ex-A league coach Dave Mitchell providing stories and his thoughts on the topic ‘Where are we going’ in relation to football in Australia.
Dave Mitchell addresses the room.
“Having ‘Mitch’ present to our CCC network is a unique opportunity for members of the grassroots football community to engage in a conversation with someone that has lived as a professional player and coach in Australia and overseas,” Ferguson reflected.
Dave provided an insight into coaching elite that is hard to rival, as well as providing his advice on how community coaches can have the best influence on young players and minds”
Northern Suburbs Football Association would like to thank the committed, passionate and football loving Club Coach Coordinators for their tireless efforts, support and dedication to improving the football experience for members of their club and NSFA community.
Ed Ferguson looks forward to watching the most engaged clubs continue to progress forward with the program, along with welcoming new clubs and CCC’s on board ahead of the 2019 season.
Thank you for all those in attendance last night:
Mark Williams – North Turramurra FC
Angus Swift – North Turramurra FC
Keiron Rice – Asquith SC
Mark Williams – Asquith SC
Brendan Dalton – Lindfield FC and NSFA
Brett Jager – Lane Cove FC
Jack Freckelton – Lane Cove FC
Joe Liddle – North Sydney United FC
Ben Sutton – North Sydney United FC
Matt Sawers – North Sydney United FC
Troy Sheather – Hornsby Heights FC
Mick Dasilva – Hornsby Heights FC
Stuart Dever – Hornsby Heights FC (Chairman)
Javier Capiro – St Ives FC
Angelo Maralit – Northbridge FC (GM)
Heath King – Berowra FC
Jon Swain – Sacred Heart Mosman FC
Geoff Harvey – Turramurra United FC (President)
Nick Marr – XLR8 Player Development Programs
Les Bee – FFA Community Coach Education Manager
Dave Mitchell – Guest Presenter
Ed Ferguson – NSFA