coaches

AFL coaches certified

Eleven male, and 8 female school teachers completed the Level Zero orientation to Coaching Certificate at Pilapila Primary School recently.

East New Britain Development Officer Kayly Kelson taught AFL Basics to the 19 eager AFL students!

The Certificate involves learning AFL Rules and Scoring, AFL Skills like Kicking, Handball, Marking and Bounce; Basic Gameplay and Umpiring which involved signals and communication.

Each coach received a whistle and Youth Rules handbook, so that they can coach the sport in their own school.

Media exposure vital for athlete development

FIFA coach and member of the FIFA technical study group, Vera Pauw, said coaches must give athletes the confidence to be themselves and say what they think in a positive way.

Pauw explained that when athletes are exposed in the media, the publicity gives them confidence and develops them not only in their sporting career but education and professional careers as well. 

She said the coach must lead by example by being open to the media and contribute positively on behalf of the team.

“Coaches must always be positive as they need the media and the media needs them.