' AFL Coaches Association - Next Coach Program

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

    REGISTRATIONS

    Click HERE for details of the October 2021 Next Coach Program.

    Please email Ron Watt ron.watt@aflca.com.au with any queries.

    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