On Saturday 20th February Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) hosted a Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) pilot program in partnership with Football Federation Australia (FFA) at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
The workshop was presented by FFA’s National Community Coach Development Manager Les Bee to 24 CCCs from 21 clubs.
The 3 hour workshop outlined the role of a club coach coordinator & provided guidance on rolling out the program in the club environment.
“The primary purpose of the position is to provide relevant and valued coach support in the club environment, and to monitor and mentor coaches to conduct appropriate quality football activities that will enhance the players’ and coaches’ experience,’ NNSWF Club & Referee Development Officer, Ross Hicks said.
‘Research shows that one of the reasons young players are leaving the game is due to their coach. We as a Federation therefore need to support coaches to improve the experience of the players and improve retention rates for clubs and the game. Research also suggests that coaches require a more informal approach to Coach Development, and face-to-face support throughout the season,’ Hicks said.
‘The CCC will support coaches to make sessions at his/her club safe, inclusive, organised, enjoyable and engaging and we are proud of the fact that two female CCCs were in attendance and we would welcome the opportunity to engage more females within these roles,’ Hicks concluded.
Overall the feedback from the weekend reflected a very positive response from participants who are now motivated to implement this program at their respective clubs.