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The first part of the 2019 Future Coaches Program concluded recently, moving into a more 1-on-1 mentoring format during the 2020 season.

There was a lot of interest in the program, with 15 initial applications eventually being sent in, and the group finally settling into a good size of 10 coaches in total. This included people from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and levels of experience, as well as different ambitions and motivations for being involved in the program. The common theme between all of them was their attitude and desire to improve as a coaches, which meant the bar was set very high throughout.

Part 1 of the program consisted of 10 weekly sessions, with a lot of the content being chosen by the participants. Workshops were run on topics such as designing training sessions, tactical analysis, leadership, and understanding how the brain works, while a lot of self-reflection and peer feedback also took place as coaches presented about themselves and where they wanted to go with their coaching. Many of the coaches also attended various other MWFA courses and workshops that were organised during the same period, while several special guests (all with connections to Manly Warringah) were invited to share their experiences and advice to the group, including Sydney FC NPL Head Coach Jimmy van Weeren and FCA President Phil Moss.

Look out for profiles on each of the Future Coaches on the MWFA website in the coming weeks.

The Future Coaches Program will run again in October this year for anyone ready to get out of their comfort zone and keen to take advantage of a similar personal development opportunity.


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