Coach education is vital for improvement

GV1T0175Netball coaches right across Australia are preparing to launch into their traditional winter seasons as I speak, so it is appropriate to focus on the role of the coach.

Professional development and continuous learning are vital for any coach in sport today.

Coach education is also extremely important for all levels of netball coaching, whether you are a grass roots coach at your suburban or country club or association, right through to our esteemed ANZ Championship leaders.

It is why I consider it to be a key part of my preparation for this year’s Commonwealth Games; to seek improvements in everything I do.

I took time out of a busy week of selecting, planning and consulting to attend Rowing Australia’s World Cup preparations in Sydney this week to work alongside our best rowing coaches along with my fellow national coach colleagues who also attended.

Riding a bike alongside the rowing course is part and parcel of coaching in this environment and we shadowed the coaches like this for the entire morning.

Learning by watching others coach is enlightening and there are many similarities in the way we communicate the message to the athletes – it is just the technical information that is different.

But it’s fascinating I must say!

I have also been extremely fortunate to sit and work alongside two AFL Coaches in Nathan Buckley (Collingwood) and Brendan McCartney (Western Bulldogs) that I admire for their own focus on continuous learning, work ethic and search for excellence.

Both very generous with their insights and wish to share knowledge and understanding of coaching.

This approach then lends itself to your own improvement as a coach and I highly recommend sharing knowledge and discussing coaching with other codes of sports to ‘look outside the square’.

This is appropriate for all levels of coaching in addition to completing compulsory coach education courses that maintain the integrity of our coaching system.

This weekend I embark on my third national coach visit to the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Coach education will be top of mind, as my National Performance Analyst Mitch Mooney and I present on performance analysis and the role of the coach as a part of delivering information to our athletes.

This is another integral aspect of all my national coach visits; to deliver High Performance and advanced coach education to netball coaches at this level around the country.

It is another vitally important cog in the wheels of success for Australian netball at all levels.

Another coach who is an advocate of on-going learning in her role is Jane Woodlands-Thompson, who on Sunday breaks Noeline Taurua’s record for the most games coached in the ANZ Championship.

Jane is a coach who likes to keep innovating and challenging her athletes while maintaining important quality and intensity in every training session.

Congratulations to Jane for breaking the record and for everything you do for our sport!

Also to Ric Charlesworth, another coach I have long admired, congratulations on your wonderful career in coaching and for the many lessons you have shared with your fellow coaches.

Ric has coached the Australian men’s and women’s national hockey teams for a number of years and has announced he’s stepping down after this year’s Commonwealth Games.

This week in the ANZ Championship, all the Australian teams will be looking for improvements across the board after a disappointing Round 4 set of results.

It is a true trans-Tasman round, with all Australian teams playing their New Zealand counterparts.

The selectors and I will be, as ever, closely monitoring performances in this round of matches.

Go Aussies!

Go Diamonds!

Go all you netball coaches out there giving your all to their sport!

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