Inaugural TIO NTFL conference, a building block to a stronger league


AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) is proud to announce the details of the inaugural TIO Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) conference held at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre and TIO Stadium, kicking off from 10am Saturday 28 August with an introductory address from Minister for Sport Hon Kate Worden.

The aim of the conference is to help strengthen TIO NTFL clubs and provide opportunities to increase the capacity and ability across a range of areas including governance and upskill coaches, umpires, team managers, volunteers, and other club officials. 

TIO NTFL club committees and other key club personnel are invited to attend the centrepiece of the conference, “think about your decision” workshops. These sessions will provide insight on leadership skills, club development and governance. Each club will have the opportunity to workshop these components in a personalised session to help achieve the best outcomes for their individual club that enables them to identify areas for improvement to focus on.

All current and aspiring TIO NTFL presidents, committee members, umpires and coaches (junior, youth and senior) are encouraged to attend allocated sessions where specific learnings designed for different skill levels will be delivered. 

AFLNT Community Football Manager Leigh Elder said the conference has been carefully crafted to ensure education is tailored to all attendees. 

“We are excited to provide the NTFL clubs with opportunities to learn and grow with tangible outcomes to take back to their clubs and put into practice,” Elder said.  

“For our Clubs to evolve and grow they need a full set of foundation skills across administration, club governance, junior coaching curriculum and rules of the game, tips for youth coaches on preparing for play and game-sense scenarios or provide senior coaches with learnings on essential footy skills.

“The junior coach information session will focus on the message of ensuring the footy environment is fun and safe for all the kids who play while senior coaches will spend more time on the physicality of the game and will finish off with a think tank discussion where they will learn and collect information from each other.”

In addition to coaching sessions, all umpiring information for the upcoming TIO NTFL season will be available for current umpires and for those looking to join the umpiring squad can participate in a ‘come and try’ day from 1pm on TIO Oval 2. 

Former Adelaide Crows AFL Premiership Captain Mark Bickley will impart his knowledge of the importance of football club volunteers, coaching and leadership while former Australian international cricketer Michael Kasprowicz will talk to his experience in leadership roles in cricket teams and after serving eight years on the Australian Cricket Board, governance in sport. 

“I want to thank all guest speakers and TIO NTFL club attendees in advance for joining us for the first ever TIO NTFL conference and a special thanks to Minister Worden for all her support” Elder said.  

A networking event will commence in the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre for all attendees before the conclusion of the conference. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact your TIO NTFL Club. 

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