The next generation of footballers is in good hands, as 34 aspiring coaches attended Capital Football’s AFC/FFA C Licence course at Radford College this week.
The course, which is conducted over seven days, is being delivered by Capital Football’s Technical Director Scott O’Donell and Coach Development Manager Phil Booth, preparing coaches to take the coaching reigns next season.
Elie Darwich, who was a coach at Radford College this year, said the intensive course has given him a new appreciation for coaching.
“I have been learning heaps throughout the whole course,” Elie said. “It can be a bit draining but the passion and the excitement to learn new things and develop as a coach is what keeps me going.
“I came into this course with a player’s point of view, thinking I know the game a lot but I have realised that I need to learn more about the methods behind what we do, which has helped me understand the game more.
“Taking a step back from the field and watching how my team can improve has helped me develop not only as a coach but as a player as well.”
Nicole Begg, who has been appointed as Canberra Olympic’s NPLW Reserve Grade head coach for 2021, and Courtney Attwood, Olympic’s NPLW U13 co-coach, both said the opportunity to give back to the club was the reason why they joined the course.
“I only started getting into the coaching space in the last six to eight months, so the course has given me loads of information and a lot of appreciation for what coaches do,” Courtney said.
“Coaching has given me a different way to stay in the game once I finish up my career. I see all the youth that is coming through the club and it excites me. I want to give back to the club and the community.”
“For me, coaching is a way for me to give back and to help create a community through football,” Nicole said. “Looking at coaching from a process point of view and setting up sessions has definitely been a learning process for me.
“I just want to keep getting more experience and keep developing my game as a coach.”
Click here to find out more about Capital Football’s coaching courses.