Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is proud to announce that former Australia women’s coach Tom Sermanni will be the next presenter of its Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass series.
NNSWF announced the return of the Masterclasses earlier this month with a special online series launched this week.
A number of free workshops scheduled for earlier this year had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, so NNSWF and Newcastle Permanent, our major partner of community football, have taken the opportunity to move the Masterclass Series online.
Sermanni, the Head Coach of the New Zealand women’s national team, will lead his virtual session on Thursday, 7 May.
The Masterclass will focus on the role of a coach, in particular the differences and similarities of coaching at community, national and international level.
NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said he was delighted to have secured someone with Sermanni’s pedigree for the second online Masterclass.
“In many ways Tom is responsible for having laid the foundations of the current Matildas set up during his first stint as coach,” Haynes said.
“He has coached at five FIFA Women’s World Cups. He has so much knowledge and experience.
“I’ve got no doubt listening to Tom speak about football and coaching will be of great benefit to our local coaches.”
Born in Glasgow, Sermanni played as a midfielder in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand.
At the end of his playing career he turned to coaching, working with the Australian Schoolboys and Australian Institute of Sport in the early 90s. He also coached men’s football with Sydney Olympic and Canberra Cosmos in the NSL and at Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League.
Sermanni enjoyed two stints as coach of the Matildas, leading them to what remains Australia’s best ever showing at a FIFA Women’s World Cup with quarter-finals places in 2007 and 2011 during his second spell.
Sermanni also coached the US women’s national team for 18-months before a brief stint as assistant coach of Canada’s women’s team.
He was then chosen as the inaugural coach of US National Women’s Soccer League expansion club Orlando Pride in 2016 before being signed to coach New Zealand’s Football Ferns, which he led to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
NNSWF plan to announce a number of additional workshops which will feature more highly reputable special guests from across the region, country and globe delivering practical and theory sessions to help community coaches improve their skills.
Stuart Jones, Head of Academy at English Football League Championship club Blackburn Rovers, was the first special guest in the series earlier this week.
Regardless of skill or experience level, Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclasses will add value to your coaching experience.
They are designed to be fun and practical where participants can engage and learn from coaches and mentors who have ample experience in their field.
What: Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass
Topic: The Role of a Coach – the differences and similarities of the role of a coach at community, national and international level
Who: Tom Sermanni, Head Coach, New Zealand Women’s National Team
When: Thursday, 7 May 2020
Time: 7pm AEST
Register: click here
Registrations close: 5pm, Wednesday 6 May, 2020
Note: Places strictly limited to 90 participants. Link to Zoom webinar will be sent directly to registered attendees prior to the webinar.