14 current and former professional footballers descended on Cromer Park for their first steps into the coaching World this week when they took part in the The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) 4 day C licence coaching course which was facilitated by Manly United Technical Director and Head Coach Warren Grieve and Ante Juric who’s the advanced Coach Education Manager for Football NSW.
The course focuses on the 11 v 11 aspects of the game and encourages coaches to apply the National Curriculum to improve performance and develop key coaching competencies.
The course also provides knowledge in match analysis, planning, conducting and evaluating training sessions, effective team talk and pre-season plans.C Licence coaches are accredited to coach at semi-professional and elite youth levels.
Current Manly United and former Central Coast Mariners striker Matthew Fletcher was one of the candidates on the course and he praised the professionalism of the course and urged other coaches to attain their coaching qualifications, “the information that the instructors have passed onto myself and the fellow coaches has helped provide me a framework for my coaching as I take my first steps into coaching whilst I recover from my ACL injury. I would highly recommend coaches of all levels who are looking to gain further knowledge to attend this course in the future, this has helped me to see the game in a different light and I am excited to get onto the turf and begin the process of helping and developing future players.”
MUFC Technical Director Warren Grieve jumped at the opportunity to host the PFA coaching course at Cromer Park as it again showcases the terrific facilities that we have here at the MWFA. “These courses are predominately run at member federation level so for us here in Manly to host such an exclusive course is testament to the facilities and reputation that we have across the football community.”
The 14 Candidates on the course were: