On Wednesday evening Northern Suburbs FA and Manly-Warringah FA (MWFA) joined forces to provide their association Coach Developers and Club Coach Coordinators (CCC’s) a unique opportunity to develop their coach development skills and hear from FFA’s leading light on the subject, National Community Coach Development Manager Les Bee.
The night brought together 22 coach developers create a solid and consistent framework and understanding for how both associations are striving to improve their community coaches.
“Tonight was a terrific evening for coach development which showed what can be achieved when associations work alongside each other and their member clubs share their experiences and challenges they face and how they overcome them,” reflected Chris Adams, MWFA Community Coach Education Manager.
The workshop was also attended by newly-appointed Hills Football Development Officer Zac Ribeiro, using the evening to learn from MWFA and NSFA to bring about greater engagement with his local coaches.
“It was a great opportunity for me to come along and listen to both Ed and Chris, but more importantly their clubs and how they have implemented and learnt from the Club Coach Coordinator program. The feedback I gained from the clubs tonight will help me support our clubs more in the rollout of the CCC program and hit the ground running!” Zac said.
The evening was a mix of group discussion and practical sessions. Ed Ferguson continues:
“We started the evening off by forming a foundation of knowledge from everyone in attendance by creating a ‘checklist’ of the coaching behaviours we aim to develop in all community coaches. This formed the basis for the rest of the evening, with participants moving outside and providing reflection and feedback to coaches in the capacity of a CCC.”
Overall the night was a roaring success, bringing together three associations and many clubs to share experiences and methods to best accommodate the thousands of coaches that are involved in community football.
Chris Adams outlines vision behind the CCC program:
“The CCC program is an integral part of the flexible and accessible coach development program that the MWFA offers our 17 clubs. The program which is now in its second year on the Northern Beaches has grown to having 13 of our clubs involved all providing support to their community coaches in their own environment and we are excited as an organisation as to how we can develop this further”
NSFA and MWFA would like to thank all coaches, coach developers, CCC’s and volunteers that give up their time each week to improve football in their region and Australia.
Always remember, players come to play football. Let’s give them their football and make practices FUN, ENGAGING, SAFE and ORGANISED.
Thankyou to the following NSFA clubs for attending:
Sacred Heart Mosman