Coaches play a huge role in the development of junior and senior footballers – but who is helping the coaches in AFL South East to reach their own full potential?
The answer is a huge positive for junior coaches across the region with the recent launch of the junior component of the AFLSE Coach Support and Mentor Program.
AFL Victoria Football Development Managers (FDMs), Cam Roberts, Dean Rice and Stuart Clark, have been working with program coordinator Brent Clinnick, and advisor Paddy Swayn, to add a junior component to the already successful senior program – now in its third year.
The result of that hard work was seen by more than 80 junior coaches from across the region who attended the launch at Casey Fields.
The aim of the junior component of the program is to work with over 50 junior clubs, to implement overarching coaching strategies within the football programs, to achieve consistency of coaching throughout the various age groups.
It will also provide a platform of support for junior coaches to network, share ideas and upskill their coaching learnings.
Clinnick has been actively working with the 22 MPNFL senior coaches, but now has additional resources to assist junior club coaching coordinators throughout the three junior leagues – Frankston and District (FDJFL), Mornington Peninsula (MPJFL) and South East Juniors (SEJ).
AFL South East will allocate Coach Support Officers (CSOs) to every junior club, to act as mentors and provide direction, support and advice in regard to coaching programs.
The mentor project will specifically target the Under 11-14 age groups and will include a focus on club strategy, training and matchday. The program will be coordinated by Clinnick who will work closely with newly appointed CSOs Shaun Beattie, Dean Langford, Jarrod Flanigan and Darren Roe.
Shaun Beattie (left) will play a key role in the new junior component of the AFL South East Coach Support and Mentor Program.
The CSOs will also form part of the new Monitoring Coaching Behaviour Program (MCBP) that will monitor and watch FDJFL and SEJ coaches on match-days. They will be looking for positive coaching behaviour and will nominate coaches for the Coach of the Month Award.
They will also be looking for any negative coaching behaviour and coaches who are breaching the AFL Coaches Code of Conduct (AFLCCC).
The AFLSE Coach Support and Mentor Program now turns its attention to Monday 24 June, at Casey Fields, where Phillip Island’s Beau Vernon will be the guest speaker.
This is a not to be missed session and is available for all coaches and assistant coaches in the South East region. Bookings are via Coach.AFL with attendees receiving four-points towards their accreditation.