The Capital Football run State Coaching Conference was held at Radford College last Saturday, giving coaches from the region the opportunity to come together and share their coaching ideas and philosophies.
The conference was attended by over 50 coaches, with The Football Centre’s Ron Smith, Football Coaches Australia CEO Glenn Warry and FFA’s National Coach Development Educator Anthony Frost all giving guest presentations on the day.
All coaches that attended the conference also gained 30 CPD points towards their advanced accreditation re-validation.
As the former interim head coach and technical analyst for the Caltex Socceroos, Smith brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conference, and encouraged coaches at all levels to attend such events.
“The annual conference was once again well organised by Capital Football,” Smith said.
“It’s a great opportunity for coaches to come in and have a chat, ask a few questions and watch some presentations, which they hopefully took something out of.
“I personally think [the conferences] should be on-going throughout the year. That way you can tailor make them for coaches that are focused on grass-roots football versus coaches that are focused on more senior NPL football.”
As well as the guest presentations, Capital Football’s Technical Director Scott O’Donell also gave a presentation in the form of an on-field training session, demonstrating the different ways coaches can organise and run their own sessions.
“It was fantastic to see so many coaches take part in the conference this year,” O’Donell said.
“Our State Coaching Conference continues to provide the best opportunity for coaches of all levels to come together and share their different ideas and experiences in a welcoming environment.”
Capital Football’s Coach Development Manager Phil Booth echoed O’Donell’s thoughts.
“One of the most pleasing aspects of the conference was seeing a mix of old and new faces,” Booth said.
“We’ve had a big turnover of coaches in Canberra recently, particularly at the NPL level, so it was great to see some of those new faces in attendance.”