Important Coaching Update
As we embark on a new football season I wanted to bring to your attention some information regarding our coaching selection process and team rotation policy.
The Glen Iris Gladiators Football Club has a Coaches Committee to advise and implement on all things relating to football.
Its main purpose is to develop the quality of players and football in a way that is safe and enjoyable for the kids. The Committee comprises Richard Bowman (VP), David King, Luke Darcy, Paul Cooper, Andrew Seymour, Andy Nichol, Tim Gough and John Randabel. The committee is responsible for the development of the clubs coaching philosophy and the review and appointment of coaches.
In Season 2018 the Coaches Committee will continue to roll out two main initiatives:
1. the improvement in the quality of coaching with the appointment of an instructing coach. The aim of this initiative is to improve the quality of play via the quality of coaching. The club has therefore stepped up the role of Josh Bourke –an experienced football coach (currently with the Dandenong Stingrays) and school teacher. During the pre-season Josh, in conjunction with the Coaches Committee, has developed a game and training style program which he will work with the coaches over the season. We expect that this program will significantly benefit the kids and will kick off in early March; and
2. the appointment of non-parent coaches in the under 12 age group and above. This initiative has successfully been in place for several years in the Under 14 age group and above and will now be extended to the Under 12 age group and above. The aim of this initiative is to expose the kids to a range of coaching styles throughout their junior football at the Gladiators and also provide an opportunity for the Gladiators to develop and attract the highest quality coaches possible. We are targeting coaches who are experienced footballers (preferably ex-Gladiators) who exhibit a strong ability to work with kids and are wanting to develop their coaching skills. We pleased to say that we have appointed 7 new male coaches and 3 new female coaches for season 2018. The committee is working with the prior year coaches to become “mentors” to the new coaches to ensure a smooth transition. Josh Bourke and the Coaches Committee will act as a further safety net.
It is also worth highlighting that the Coaches Committee developed two policies at the commencement of the 2017 season which can be found on the Club website. These relate to the selection of teams (which is particularly relevant for Under 8’s and when the number of teams in an age group change from year to year) plus a team rotation policy which aims to ensure that the coaches act in a way which gives all kids minimum game time and the opportunity to play in a number of different positions.
An information session will be held at 6.30 pm on Thursday, 8 February 2018 at Righetti Club rooms to speak more fully on these initiatives and to address any questions you might have.