MWFA Coach Mentor: Gareth Banks

Gareth Banks


For the 2024 season, MWFA Coach Development Manager Eugene Lawrenz and several Coach Mentors have again been visiting MWFA clubs to support coaches at their training sessions with their teams, and occasionally matches too. This is to provide coaches with direct assistance ‘on the job’ as a compliment to the courses and workshops we offer, as well as provide ongoing learning opportunities in a realistic setting. 

Training support and guidance is by far the most popular request from coaches in terms of what they feel would benefit them the most in their role, and these Coach Mentors will allow us to have a greater reach in terms of the number of coaches we can directly assist, as well as supporting CCCs (Club Coaching Coordinators) in their roles.


Gareth Banks has been involved in coaching for the past 20 years. He has coached throughout the youth age groups and at senior football across community, SAP and NPL Youth League levels, including at Manly United. He was also previously the coaching director at Curl Curl FC.

He regularly contributes articles to the Football NSW coaches newsletter and previously presented at the Football NSW coaching conference on the topic of coaching in community football.

Gareth holds an FA B-Diploma and is currently in the process of completing the FA Goalkeeping B-Diploma.

Gareth has been part of the MWFA Coach Development team since 2020 and enjoys helping coaches improve their skills and communication to be the best coaches they can be.


For more information about coach development and support in MWFA, including courses, workshops and resources, please see the coaching section of our website:



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