25 local coaches set for new skills

Matt Campbell in action coaching

Twenty-five local and aspiring coaches will partake in a Level 2 AFL coaching course this weekend, led by three-time AFL premiership player-turned AFL Academy Manager/Coach Luke Power and NT Thunder Head Coach, Andrew Hodges. 

The course is part of the revamped coaches’ education and accreditation system that was rolled out nationwide by the AFL earlier this year. 

Under the new system, people wishing to coach local Australian Rules football, must become a member of CoachAFL and have the following courses available to them;

Level 1 – Junior/Youth/Senior – online course at https://coach.afl
that includes skills, drills, examples as part of your accreditation (mandatory for all coaches to have)

Level 2 – Two-and-a-half-day course with assignments during the season. Coaches need to have held a Level 1 accreditation for at least 12 months and have registered for the Level 2 course. 

Aspiring elite coaches or those identified for further opportunities have higher courses in which they will be invited to or can attend. 

This weekend’s Level 2 course run out of the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre will focus on the extended teaching of skills, craft sessions, team play and strategy and will have a special presentation by AFLNT Regional Development Manager and former St Kilda recruiting officer, Damian Tuck on criteria of selecting talented players. 

Participants will also be part of NT Thunder’s pre-match coaches meeting ahead of the NEAFL Round 19 game against Redland on Saturday night.

They will then stay on to watch the game and will report back in on Sunday for the review with Hodges and Power before preparing an assignment on their in-game observations. 

AFLNT Talent and Pathways Manager Wally Gallio said he was pleased with the number of applicants who will be upgrading their coaching skills this season.

“It’s a timely reminder for all NTFL coaches, including head coaches, assistant coaches and any coaching directors out there, that they need to be a member of CoachAFL and be accredited to at least Level 1 standard.

“It is especially pleasing to see so many coaches register for this weekend and with a desire to learn more from ex-AFL and local elite coaches.

“There is beneficial flow-on effects to players, clubs and the community when we can upskill eager participants,” he said. 

NT Thunder Academy coaches Matt Campbell, and Jimmy Driscoll will oversee the skills development and game sense sessions across the weekend.

During the upcoming 2018/19 TIO NTFL season the 25 coaches will be observed by AFLNT talent and pathways staff as part of their ongoing assessment, before obtaining their certificate at the end of the season. 

For more information on coaching and to access the links to CoachAFL, see here

Any other coaches who are not registered for the course but would like to sit in on any of the weekend’s sessions are asked to make contact with Wally Gallio.