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Over 80 coaches from across Northern NSW attended the NNSWF State Coaching Conference over two days on Friday and Saturday, with Northern NSW Football Technical Director Michael Browne happy with the delegates feedback.
As well as having the formal presentations from elite coaches and FFA representatives, attendees attended Friday’s Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets taking on Adelaide United.
The visit to McDonald Jones Stadium included a pre-match briefing with Newcastle Jets Head Coach Mark Jones and a post-match wrap-up the next day, after the Jets dramatic last minute win, with the Newcastle Jets Assistant Coach, Clayton Zane.
On Saturday, coaches spent the day at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, where they undertook extensive practical coaching sessions from a number of guests’ speakers, including:
– Ric Lovell (PhD), Director of Academic Program (Sport & Exercise Science) School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University
– Michael Browne, NNSWF Technical Director
– Gary van Egmond, Emerging Jets Academy Director & Matildas Assistant Coach
– Michael Cooper, FFA National Advanced Coach Development Manager
– Ryan Campbell, Emerging Jets Head of Skill Acquisition Program
– Dean May, FFA National Goalkeeper Development Manager, and
– Craig Deans, Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets Head Coach.
The annual conference is presented as one of the key components for coaches to meet the required four (4) year revalidation criteria in order to maintain their accreditation and importantly to continue to develop vital skills and knowledge.
The two-day event equated to 50 points towards accreditation revalidation for attending coaches.
NNSWF Technical Director Michael Browne was very pleased with the feedback from attendees and the quality of the presentations across the two days.
“The feedback overall was very positive and we were very pleased with the way the event went,” Browne said.
“The opportunity for attendees to witness the Jets sides play on Friday and receive valuable coaching insights from Mark (Jones) and Clayton (Zane) about the game was a perfect complement to the professional theoretical sessions delivered.”