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Academy for football coaches kicks off in central Victoria

By Nathan Dole

AN academy program for football coaches across the AFL Central Victoria Region will kick off next year.

CoachAFL is aimed at improving coaching standards across all levels.

AFL Central Victoria football development manager Shane Koop said the academy would provide a learning environment for coaches, as well as to network and be challenged.

“Coaches play essential roles within our sport, connecting people to the game, skill development, player retention, directing players through the pathway, representing the community,” Koop said.

“Being a coach is so much more than just about win-loss ratio.”

The CoachAFL committee of Luke Monaghan, Danny O’Bree, Mark Ellis and Shane Koop has a wide range of coaching experience.

Academy sessions start next February and run until July.

The 12 structured sessions will provide content relevant to the community and development coach.

“We are excited to launch the CoachAFL Central Victoria Coaching Academy in 2019,” Koop said.

“It is important our coaches are supported, connected and have an opportunity to grow their coaching knowledge and philosophies.”

AFL Football Clubs, senior AFL/AFLW coaches, AFL/AFLW assistant coaches, VFL/VFLW coaches, TAC Cup Bendigo Pioneers, and experienced regional coaches will assist the Academy program.

Koop said it was important to provide resources and support for coaches.

“Upskilled and knowledgeable coaches are more likely to stay in the game and more likely to impact the standard of play over a longer period,” Koop said.

“We are looking for coaches who have a genuine desire to learn and develop coaching strategies.”

The Academy committee will use their knowledge, networks and data from interviews and surveys to develop session programs.

Sessions will be a mix of theory, practical and observation.

Goals for CoachAFL include a defined coaching pathway, creating opportunities, investment and education in a group of coaches, upskilling and resources, improved coaching and playing standards, increased coach retention, and mentoring for coaches.

 
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