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Next Coach Program

The Next Coach Program is a partnership between the AFLCA and the AFLPA. During the last 11 years over 150 participants have undertaken this highly respected coach education. In 2020 there were 26 current players, as well as 54 graduates from the Program employed on AFL coaching panels, including Senior Coaches Adam Simpson, Simon Goodwin Rhyce Shaw and Ben Butten who is about to begin his own journey in the main role.






Originally the program had been offered only to current AFL coaches and players. During the last three years, 23 players and 14 coaches from the AFL system engaged in learning alongside highly credentialed coaches from state and community leagues, three coaches from NRL clubs, an experienced Netball coach and a gaelic football coach from Ireland.

Next Coach mentor David Wheadon challenges individuals, creating stimulating conversations, allowing them to think about how they see themselves as a coach and how to best use their skills in this role. This is your chance to learn from a life time coach, with more than 30 years’ experience at the top level under 11 head coaches.

CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF THE NEXT COACH PROGRAM

  • The art of coaching
  • Coaching the team and coaching individuals
  • Philosophy of coaching
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Emotional intelligence and coaching
  • Presentations and meetings
  • Teaching the game – decision making/skill acquisition/game sense
  • The role and skills of the coach, assistant coach and development coach
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Key Performance Indicators for success
  • Game plan

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

  • Genuine desire to challenge your coaching acumen
  • Potentially pursuing a career in coaching
  • Intellectual capacity to understand coaching concepts and ideas
  • Willingness to research coaching concepts and investigate materials suggested
  • Enthusiasm to commit to the course involving interactive sessions
  • Participants will be expected to submit all written assignments and give a brief presentation to the group
  • Level 2 Coaching qualification is favourably considered

TO APPLY YOU NEED TO ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING

  1. Submit a written application in reference to the criteria mentioned above,this should be directed to:ron.watt@aflca.com.au
  2. Provide contact details of a Referee from your club who will confirm your suitability
  3. Register via the link below

    TO RECEIVE THE NEXT COACH CERTIFICATE YOU NEED TO DO THE FOLLOWING

    1. Participate in at least 80% of group sessions (Sessions missed must be made up with David)
    2. Submit each of the written assignments
    3. Provide a short presentation in the final group session

      THERE ARE TWO COURSES AVAILABLE

      COURSE ONE - NOVEMBER 2020

      12 sessions in total

      • 7 sessions (every Thursday 6:30pm AEST) starting Nov 5 - Dec 17, 2020
      • 3 sessions (Monday 6:30pm AEST) Nov 9, Nov 23 & Dec 7, 2020.
      • 1 session - group presentation -  Feb 3, 2021
      • 1 session - individual mentoring with David Wheadon (can be done anytime)

        COURSE TWO - FEBRUARY 2021

        12 sessions in total

        • 10 sessions (every Wednesday 6:30pm AEST) starting Feb 10 - April 14, 2020.
        • 1 session - group presentation -  May 5, 2021
        • 1 session - individual mentoring with David Wheadon (can be done anytime)

        THE SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A ZOOM MEETING LINK

        REGISTRATIONS

        Please register via the links below:

        2020 Next Coach Program Registration - COURSE ONE - NOVEMBER 2020

        https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kh-I7VOYU09_LuQvCpLDXHQQPb50GBt6y6e88BQs7FY/edit?usp=sharing 

        2020 Next Coach Program Registration - COURSE TWO - FEBRUARY 2021

        https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Uk-fbyiypykYcZsMcHT3D7oqQSnPG_NxktaSpmfhZUg/edit?usp=sharing

        COST

        The Cost of the Next Coach Program is $3,000 +GST which is payable prior to beginning the program or by arrangement.

        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