MWFA is continuing to develop the coaches of the future.
After the success of the 2019 Future Coaches Program, the level of interest increased in 2020, with 12 new coaches deciding that they wanted to undertake an intense and challenging experience, while 6 coaches from last year’s program have returned as mentors.
Like last year, the new group includes 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 is their attitude and desire to improve as a coaches, which means the bar has been set very high throughout.
8 sessions covering a variety of areas have been completed so far, with another 4 to take place early next year, before the program moves more into a 1-on-1 mentoring format during the 2021 season. A lot of the content was chosen by the participants, including video analysis, leadership and culture management, tactical understanding, and understanding how the brain works; while a lot of self-reflection and peer feedback has been taking place as coaches present about themselves and where they want to go with their coaching.
Several special guests were invited to share their experiences and advice to the group, including Sydney FC Technical Director Kelly Cross (pictured above), Sydney FC NPL Head Coach Jimmy van Weeren, and former Manly United Women’s Head Coach Chris Williams. MWFA would like to thank these guests for giving back to community football and sharing their knowledge, as all of the coaches very much appreciated their professionalism and openness.
Look out for profiles on each of the Future Coaches on the MWFA website in the coming months.