MWFA’s Future Coaches Program is continuing to help develop even more aspiring coaches through supporting, challenging and inspiring them, so they can then in turn do the same with their players.
The Future Coaches Program is now in its fourth year, with 9 new coaches joining in 2022, and 6 from last year returning as mentors and ‘assistant coaches’. The new group again 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.
6 sessions covering a variety of areas have been completed so far, with another 6 scheduled across the remainder of November and then finishing up in February next year, before the program moves more into a 1-on-1 mentoring format during the 2023 season.
A lot of the content was chosen by the participants, including understanding how the brain works and personal development, developing a philosophy or curriculum, designing effective training sessions and video analysis having been covered so far, with sessions on periodisation, tactical understanding, leadership and management and more still to come. A lot of self-reflection and peer feedback has been taking place as well, as coaches present about themselves and where they want to go with their coaching.
Several special guests have been invited to share their experiences, feedback and advice to the group, including Japanese coach Mizuki Ito, Manly United Men’s Technical Director Ian Crook and Sydney FC Technical Director Kelly Cross. MWFA would like to thank these guests for their willingness to give back to community football by being so open to sharing their knowledge.
Look out for profiles on each of the Future Coaches on the MWFA website in the coming months.