AFL Victoria’s inaugural Diversity Coaching Academy is helping change the coaching landscape across the state, encouraging multicultural and indigenous coaches to enhance their skills.
Twelve coaches from across Victoria have been selected to participate in the inaugural program which aims to increase the number of multicultural and indigenous coaches leading teams at the elite level.
Running a host of education sessions throughout the season, participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s best coaches, develop their skills and experience high pressure coaching environments inside the coach’s box of VFL and TAC Cup clubs on game day.
Kicking off the Academy’s first session at the National Coaching Conference last weekend, Dandenong Stingrays Operations and Development Assistant, Pete Dye said it was a great insight into what makes a successful coach.
“We heard from a number of elite coaches including Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and Essendon’s John Worsfold which was really motivating,” Dye said.
“While Ange doesn’t come from an AFL background, it was really interesting to hear that coaching has a lot of cross overs between all sports with regards to teaching new skills, people management and developing strong relationships with players to get the best out of them.”
Taking on the reigns as Victoria’s Kickstart coach this season, Dye said the Diversity Coaching Academy is an invaluable resource for coaches at all levels.
“The participants in the Academy have all come from different pathways, some at a community level, others who are representative coaches and there are also two female participants in the program as well, so it shows that the skills learned in the Diversity Coaching Academy are valuable for anyone wanting to improve their coaching.
“We’ve seen the numbers in diverse coaches at both grassroots and at the elite level down compared to the population, so it’s really good to have a program such as this which aims to boost the number of multicultural and indigenous coaches,” Dye said.
“AFL Victoria Diversity Talent Manager, Chris Johnson who is leading the program, is an invaluable source of information as a coach and a player having been part of three premierships at Brisbane, so it’s just getting to work with those people who you wouldn’t get to work with otherwise.
“The football industry has done great things to see a higher uptake of participation of multicultural and indigenous players and umpires, so this course is the start of hopefully encouraging more diverse people to pick up the coaches whistle.”
See below for a list of the 2017 AFL Victoria Diversity Coaching Academy participants:
- Michael Rizio
- Peter Mongta
- Daniel Charles
- Gareth Snow
- Brad Copeland
- Ricky Baxter
- Wassim Rafihi
- Christopher Egan
- Sabrin Nyawela
- Nish Moses
- Robbie Ahmat
- Peter Dye