Coaching News


April 21st, 2020

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is proud to announce the return of its Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclasses with a special online series to be launched next 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.

NNSWF and Newcastle Permanent are proud to present Stuart Jones as the first coach to lead a virtual session on Wednesday, 29 April.

Jones is the Head of Academy at English Football League Championship club Blackburn Rovers, overseeing all elements of the academy and its football development program.

Blackburn, winners of the 1994-95 English Premier League title, are one of only 23 English clubs with a category one academy with others including Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Jones will lead a seminar giving an insight into Blackburn’s category one academy, the highest possible in England, and how its program can be relevant to your club.

The Masterclass will focus on how the club deliver on their commitment to continual player development, the importance of coach development and what NNSWF community clubs can implement themselves.

NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said he was delighted to have secured someone with Jones’ pedigree for the first online Masterclass.

“We’re continuing to identify and provide opportunities despite the disruption to football so we’re very happy to secure guests like Stuart with the profile in the game that he has,” Haynes said.

“We’re looking to secure further additional high profile, international guests for the series in coming weeks.

“Hopefully this will help coaches and clubs implement best practice at their clubs and create the best environment possible for their players and coaches to learn.”

A former youth player with Liverpool, Jones played with a number of non-league clubs during his career which ended in 2004.

Jones joined the Rovers Academy as Head of Education in 2011 before being promoted to Head of Academy Operations four years later.

Jones has been the driving force around the Elite Player Performance Plan requirements to ensure Blackburn Rovers operate a category one program, inclusive of best practice coach development, player development, sports science and education.

Blackburn’s academy trains at Brockhall training village, the same location as the first team and provides a stepping stone for young players to progress to the highest levels of football at Blackburn Rovers.

Former players Damien Duff, Phil Jones, Damien Johnson and James Beattie were all nurtured at the Blackburn Rovers Academy while recent graduates Lewis Travis, Ryan Nyambe and David Raya play for the Blackburn Rovers first team in the English Championship today.

Socceroo Jamie Maclaren is also a former Blackburn Rovers Academy graduate. The club has a long history with Australian players including Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Lucas Neill and Robbie Slater.

NNSWF hope to announce a number of additional workshops shortly which will feature reputable special guests from across the region, country and globe delivering practical and theory sessions to help community coaches improve their skills.

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 you can engage and learn from coaches and mentors who have ample experience in their field.



What: Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass

Topic: An insight into a Category 1 Academy – and how to apply the same principles to your club.

Who: Stuart Jones, Head of Academy Operations, Blackburn Rovers FC

When: Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Time: 7.00pm AEST

Register: click here

Registrations close: 5.00pm Friday, 24 April

Note: Places strictly limited to 90 participants. Link to Zoom webinar will be sent directly to registered attendees prior to the webinar.

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