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 Forest Killarney.
The club expanded their CCC program led by Billy Keir to concentrate on supporting their sub junior coaches in the U6s to U11s age groups in 2021. In February they hosted a MiniRoos course with MWFA to assist their new mum and dad coaches, and Forest Killarney is a club that has hosted a number of MWFA Coach Development events over the last few years. Throughout the season they also continued to encourage new coaches to attend a number of other MWFA courses and workshops.
Billy and his team also actively reached out to younger senior players in the club to help them embark on their coaching pathway, and 8 or 9 players did commence coaching roles with junior teams this season. A key role of the CCC program was to support these young coaches as much as possible.
In 2022, Forest Killarney would like to hold regular workshops again, and continue to enroll new coaches into the CCC program, with a continuing focus on increasing the number of younger senior players within the club that take on the role of coaching a junior team.
As a reward and recognition of the everyone’s efforts at Forest Killarney 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.