The Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) program has been running in MWFA for five years now, and has had a very positive impact on our member clubs who have engaged with the program to support their club coaches within their own environment. MWFA feedback from two surveys over the past two years clearly shows that player enjoyment through a positive coaching experience is one of the major factors in a young player’s decision to continue playing, and to continue playing at his/her current club.
The CCC program sees grassroots clubs take ownership (with support from MWFA) of coach development within their club to support and value their new and inexperienced coaches, through a variety of methods suited to each club’s needs. Despite the challenges of COVID and the 2021 season being cut short, many clubs were still able to do a great job this year and achieve some meaningful outcomes with their CCC program.
This week we’d like to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of Pittwater.
In 2021, Pittwater was able to recruit several new CCCs and assign them to support coaches from specific age groups within the club, based on the FFA National Curriculum structure as well as the experience within those age groups the CCC had. Coaches could then draw upon the CCC’s working knowledge of that age group and be assisted with actual anecdotal experience, whether that be support with running a training session or just a quick email with a few questions.
One good example of the work their CCCs were able to do this season was supporting coaches requiring guidance on how best to approach their team feeling out of their depth in a division. The CCCs assisted the group of players in refocusing their goals. Rather than chasing ‘the win’, the team worked towards having better periods of control in their games, and stronger defensive performances, with targets in training sessions that reflected their objectives in certain periods of a match.
Next year, the club aims to have more CCCs available to regularly check in with more coaches in a more organised system. They also want to organise regular events where coaches can meet and exchange ideas, and create more opportunities for coaches to coach, if they are interested in progressing either for themselves or for their kids.
As a reward and recognition of the everyone’s efforts at Pittwater in 2021, MWFA is pleased to be providing the club with funding for 2 coaches to complete their FA C-Licence coaching course.
Coaches keen for ongoing support with their own team (on top of the coaching courses and workshops available through MWFA) at their own training sessions and matches should reach out to a CCC at their club, or contact their club to find out who their CCCs are.