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 Manly Vale, who we are also awarding CCC Club of the Year!
Manly Vale really stepped up their commitment to the CCC program in 2021 with the appointment of Marilinda Winter. One of her main initiatives (refereed to as the ‘CAT’ program) was to train up and then appoint 15 junior players as assistant coaches for their sub junior teams. They did this on a volunteer basis and were allocated to teams who needed assistance, and their support and help was appreciated by the parent volunteer coaches.
“The assistant coaches Sami & Marina were amazing. They really took a lot of pressure off myself.” (Dave McFadden, Coach/Manager U11 Kookaburras)
“Thank you so much for helping our fledgling team and coaches to get themselves together and enjoy the game. Also please pass on our thanks to the CATS who were extremely helpful to us.” (Sarah, Manager U7 Rattlers)
Andrew Boyce was also proactive in encouraging a lot of coaches from the club to attend MWFA coaching courses and workshops in pre-season, with some attendance records being set. Many coaches were also supported at their training sessions upon request, while Mim organised a WhatsApp group, as well as a networking session in June which was well attended and many good ideas were brainstormed. During the lockdown, she also got players to submit videos of different skills in a friendly competition to stay connected.
Ultimately, Manly Vale would love to increase the coaching level across the club by facilitating more opportunities for guidance, including developing session plans to help their coaches run more engaging training sessions. They are also working on a short term and long term plan to retain and attract new players, and they want to expand their ‘CAT’ program and see how it works out over a full uninterrupted season, as well as give the original intake more responsibility next season.
“I want to congratulate Mim in particular for her efforts this year. She has a lot of great ideas that I encourage other clubs and CCCs to consider adopting as well, and the level of coaching across the club has improved a great deal in 2021 thanks to a significant increase in attendance at coaching courses and workshops.” MWFA Coach Development Manager Eugene Lawrenz said. “Coach Development, and therefore Player Development as well, has a bright future at Manly Vale thanks to her and those supporting her in the role.”
As a reward and recognition of the everyone’s efforts at Manly Vale in 2021, MWFA is pleased to be providing the club with funding for 2 coaches to complete their FA C-Licence coaching course.
In addition to this, as our CCC Club of the Year for 2022, Manly Vale will also receive a number of coaching whiteboards, mini goals and flat discs to help provide to their coaches to assist them with running their training sessions and coaching on match days.
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.