Exciting times loom large for the 2019 SEJ Junior Development Program with applications now open for coaches to share growth with the finest young football talent in the region.
Recently appointed SEJ Director of Coaching Tim McGibney is looking for enthusiastic coaches to become key role models in the SEJ Program, which includes eight squads (U13, U14, U15, U16 and U17 Boys and U14, U16 and U18 Girls) that will compete in the AFL South East Regional Carnival to be held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend next year.
McGibney, who has been a senior assistant for the Casey Demons VFL team for the last two years and was backline coach for the Demons in the inaugural year of the VFLW competition, said the development of coaches was a key focus of the program going forward.
“When building a roadmap for this program one of the first things we discussed was interviewing the coaches from last year and getting their feedback on how we can better the program,” McGibney said.
“The development of the coaches is equally as important as the players in my opinion, because they can better themselves and build a platform for their coaching going forward. I was in exactly the same place not that long ago so I understand how quickly things can progress from a coaching point of view.”
The SEJ JDP is looking for Head and Assistant Coaches for the program – voluntary positions that will provide exposure to elite level coaching that will enhance the knowledge of participants, keen to build on their experience gained at club level.
Successful applicants will hit the ground running, conducting weekly training sessions after trials are held in late November.
Training sessions will be conducted under the program coaching philosophies, with coaches keeping regular track of player development using the SEJ system provided.
Selection of final representative squads and providing feedback to players who are not selected in the squads will be performed in consultation with the Director of Coaching.
Match-day coaching and the ability to communicate clearly with the key stakeholders in the program will be looked upon favourably.
Applicants require a bare minimum Level 1 AFL Coaching Accreditation, a Working With Children (WWC) check and a current driver’s license.
Applications close on Monday 22 October, with questions and enquiries to be forwarded to SEJ Director of Coaching Tim McGibney on 0429 638 649.