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Next Coach Program

Are you coaching at a community or state league club, or are you a current AFL player who is wanting to develop yourself and learn more about coaching alongside current and aspiring coaches from the AFL ranks? The Next Coach Program could be for you!

The Next Coach Program commenced in 2009 and since has involved more than 120 coaches. Over thirty graduates from the Next Coach Program are currently employed by AFL clubs, including West Coast’s Adam Simpson and Melbourne’s Simon Goodwin.






During the last two years, 18 players and 8 coaches from the AFL system engaged in learning alongside highly credentialed coaches from state and community leagues, 3 coaches from NRL clubs and an experienced Netball coach.

Next Coach Co-ordinator David Wheadon challenges individuals, creating stimulating conversations, allowing students to think about how they see themselves as a coach and how to best use their skills in this role. In 2019, aspiring participants will again be able to learn from this life time coach, who has more than 30 years’ experience at the top level under 11 head coaches.

COACHING TOPICS

You will be guided through the following topics over the 10 weeks:

  1. Coaching
  2. Philosophy of Coaching
  3. Great Coaches
  4. People Management
  5. Teaching and Learning
  6. Teaching Skill
  7. Role of an Assistant Coach
  8. Principle of Strategy & Tactics
  9. Game Plan
  10. Development

CRITERIA FOR COURSE ELIGIBILITY

  • Genuine desire to pursue a career in coaching
  • Level 2 Coaching qualification is favourably considered
  • Intellectual capacity to understand coaching concepts and ideas
  • Willingness to research coaching by reading documents, articles and books and watching selected videos
  • Enthusiasm to commit to the course involving interactive sessions on Wednesday evenings
  • Students will be expected to submit all written assignments
  • Have a commitment to do pre-reading materials prior to the course

COURSE INFORMATION

FEBRUARY 27 - MAY 8 2019

6:30 - 8:30pm (Melbourne time)

Each Wednesday for 10 weeks

You may attend the lecture in-person (Albert Park) or for those not in Melbourne via video link which can be accessed anywhere in the world.

Each program will be limited to a maximum 15 persons.

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2019

There will be another course run later in 2019, likely to be a 3 day intensive in either November or December. 

COST

The cost of the Next Coach Program is $3,000 +GST and payable prior to beginning the program.

To receive a Next Coach Certificate and a written testimonial from David Wheadon, participants must meet the following standards:

  1. Submit each of the written assignments;
  2. Participate in at least 70% of group sessions in and real time (sessions will be available online when you cannot attend in person)

APPLY OR REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

TO APPLY, YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN APPLICATION ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING:

  1. How you meet the Participant Criteria outlined above;
  2. Contact details of a referee from your club who will confirm your suitability; and
  3. Any other study commitments you will be undertaking in 2019

Applications are to be made to Ron Watt – AFL Coaches Association Member Services Manager via email: ron.watt@aflca.com.au

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST – CLICK HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Ron Watt
AFL Coaches Association – Member Services Manager
ron.watt@aflca.com.au
0418 390 648

David Wheadon
Next Coach Coordinator
0418 524 741