Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) have been busy throughout the offseason preparing community coaches for the upcoming football season.
Since February there have been over 490 coaches which have attended 56 coaching courses throughout Northern NSW.
NNSWF Coach Education Coordinator Tom Oldaker said that the response from coaches towards coach education has been fantastic, especially in regional areas.
“The introduction of the coach education calendar has been a massive factor in increasing coaches attending courses,” Oldaker said.
Over the years, NNSWF has identified regional zones as areas where more support was needed, which Oldaker has been exceptional in facilitating by working closely with each of the regional zones implementing coach developers within them.
“Having coach developers within the zones, not only helps communicate the courses to coaches within the area but also helps deliver those courses efficiently as well.”
Oldaker said since implementing this initiative, it has increased the attendance in the courses as well as provided a direct link of communication if clubs and coaches required more assistance and information.
“Another great thing to add is, there have been over 220 coaches that have already attended courses in regional areas this year compared to 140 coaches by this time in 2017,” Oldaker concluded.
NNSWF has also had a great response from clubs wanting to assist with the delivery of coach education. One to mention is when Byron Bay hosted a Game & Senior Training Course in February this year.
Club secretary, Kerry Northcott was on hand to assist in preparing for the course by arranging players, organising fields and encouraging coaches to attend the course.
“From a club perspective it was great to have the opportunity to get some accreditation for our club coaches,” Northcott said.
“The course provided us with the opportunity to work on our coaching approach as a group as well as making connections with other coaches in the area.
“Hopefully we can collaborate in the future a bit more,” Northcott concluded.
NNSWF would like to take this opportunity to thank all the member zones, clubs and coaches for their support towards coach education in 2018.
For more information on upcoming coaching courses and to view the coach education calendar please visit Coach HQ