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Coach Mentor Programme 2018

April 05, 2018 By: Penny Category: Coaching, Football West

Football West News

Football West Coach mentor programme

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Female Coaches Mentor Program which partners inexperienced female coaches with experienced mentors.

The program provides a supportive environment for potential female coaches to develop their abilities and aims to increase the number of female coaches in WA by encouraging new coaches to stay in the game and existing coaches to share their experience with others.

The program will incorporate workshops focused on goal-setting and relationship building and mentors will meet with their mentees throughout the year to discuss coaching methods and personal goals.

Football West encourages female coaches from all levels of the game to get involved in this exciting project.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please fill out the relevant form below. Nominations close Friday, February 16, 2018.

Click here to complete a Mentor Application Form

Click here to complete a Mentee Application Form

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Football West Development Officer Natasha Rigby:

Female C Licence Coaching Course 2018

April 05, 2018 By: Penny Category: Coaching, Football West


Women’s only C-license course, funded by Football West and kicking off inJanuary. I have attached the registration links for both part 1 & 2 of the course which will run back to back. You will need to register for both of these. There will be a charge of $50 per part of the course if you register and then do not attend the course. Registration for the course will close on Wednesday 9th of January 2018 so please ensure you register before this deadline to secure your place, course details are located below:

Venue: Coker Park, Wharf Street, Cannington
Dates: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 10pm (January21, 23, 29, 31 and February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21)

Part 1…
Part 2…

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Tash Rigby.

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Bobby Despotovski Joins Forrestfield United

April 04, 2018 By: Penny Category: Coaching

Forrestfield United head coach Rod Banjac welcomes aboard WA football legend Bobby Despotovski for the 2018 National Premier League WA season.

Legend Despotovski joins Forrestfield United

FORRESTFIELD United’s return to the National Premier League WA (NPLWA) for the first time in 31 years has been buoyed by the signing of a WA soccer legend.

Earlier this week, the club announced it had signed former Perth Glory superstar Bobby Despotovski as an assistant coach to compliment head coach Rod Banjac and Terry Brown.

Despotovski, currently the coach of Perth Glory in the national Women’s league, played 241 games for the Perth Glory as striker between 1996 and 2007, scoring 114 goals, a total that remains unchallenged atop the Glory’s all-time scorers list.

He won the Johnny Warren medal in the 2005-2006 season, the game’s highest individual honour in Australia, and was four times names the Glory’s fairest and best player.

His acumen as a coach has also bought him considerable success, named W-League coach of the year with the Glory last season.

According to Banjac, the signing of Despotovski, who will join the club in February once his commitment to the Glory has come to an end for the season – just in time for the first NPLWA game – is simply an extension of a friendship between the two that goes back to the early days of the Glory.

“We’ve been discussing it for a while actually,” he said.

“Bobby and I go back about 20 years, back to when I was an assistant coach with the Glory.

“We developed a really strong friendship during that period and when it comes to football, we’re very like-minded, we align in the way we think it should be played, so it makes perfect sense to bring Bobby on board.

“The wealth of experience this man has in football, it’s just tremendous and while he’s going to be a source of knowledge for all our players, I think he’ll have the most impact on our forward and our attacking midlfielders like our captain Liam Merigan [of Ellenbrook].

“He’s going to also be invaluable as an assistant to myself and Terry.”

While some may think signing a marquee name is just a promotional exercise, Banjac said that when the time comes, Despotovski would be all in.

“He’s very serious about this, he’ll be at every training session and he’ll be having a very real input into the team.

“We wouldn’t have gone forward if that was not the case.”

For his part, Despotovski said he was looking forward to having an influence on men’s football.

“FUSC is the club with the high ambitions, and also the club that is coached by a very good friend of mine Rod, and I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

According to Banjac, the resurgence of Forrestfield United comes from what others might consider the lowest levels of the club.

“We’re very proud to be back in the NPLWA first division, it’s been
a long time and the
club has been through some tough times but we’ve pulled through,” he said.

“What makes us different as a club, and I think this attracted Bobby as well, is that we don’t look at our State team any different than our social teams or our juniors.

“We’re all one club and we value all our members, and if you promote those values and really focus on inclusion at every level, the club automatically becomes better.

“We’re a multicultural club, we’re not an ethnically-based club.

“We welcome everyone.”

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Aldi Miniroos coaching skills

July 19, 2017 By: Penny Category: Coaching

Girls participation in sport video

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Coaching, Football in the Media

Skills on show at 2017 Bankwest Girls Day Out

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Coaching, Football in the Media

A record number of girls registered for the 2017 Bankwest Girls Day Out.

Mar 14,  2017

Football West News

A record number of girls registered to take part in a number of fun on-field football activities at the Bankwest Girls Day Out on Sunday March 12 with some of the Perth Glory Women’s team at Langley Park.

The event, hosted as part of Female Football Week, was an initiative which encouraged girls aged five to 16 to participate in women’s football with the aim of achieving positive health and social outcomes.

More than 170 girls met Glory Women players including Sarah Carroll, Tash Rigby, Gabby Dal Busco, Morgan Acquino, Lexi Moreno and Abbie Meakins, who are all part of the Football West Club Ambassador Program.

Over 30 parents and NTC players also took part in a free ALDI MiniRoos Certificate course on the day which was led by NTC head coach Jessine Bonzas. This course provided an introduction to organising fun football exercises.

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun at the 2017 Bankwest Girls Day Out!

Female Coaches Mentor Programme

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Coaching

The Female Coaches Mentor Program will match inexperienced female coaches with experienced female mentors.

Football West News

The Female Coaches Mentor Program is a new Football West initiative that will match inexperienced female coaches with experienced female mentors. The experienced mentors will offer their inexperienced mentees guidance and support as they develop their skills and confidence as football coaches.

The program aims to address the lack of qualified female coaches in Western Australia by encouraging more female football players to qualify as coaches and incentivising those already qualified to remain in the role.

The program involves a one-day mentor training program on 29 April 2017 at Gibney Reserve, Maylands. It will initially involve 10 mentors, with a view to eventually linking mentors and mentees within their own clubs.

Nominations can be made via the Football West website. Nominations close April 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact Football West Women’s Development Officer Sam Watkins:

Girls NTC coaching position available

January 17, 2017 By: Penny Category: Coaching, State Teams and Programmes

Football West News

Football West is seeking a goalkeeper coach for the National Training Centre girls elite development program.

The ideal candidate will have goalkeeper accreditation or willingness to complete this accreditation.

The successful applicant will be required to run goalkeeper specific training sessions for U13-U19 age groups on Wednesday and Friday evenings at Celebration Park, Balga.

Please send your football-specific resume and cover letter to by Wednesday, January 11.


Carolina Morace moves on from Perth

January 16, 2017 By: Penny Category: Coaching, WA on the world stage

Carolina Morace

Former Glory Player Craig Deans appointed as Young Matildas Coach

August 03, 2016 By: Penny Category: Coaching, Football in the Media

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Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League Coach Craig Deans will take charge of the team in the absence of usual Young Matildas Head Coach Gary van Egmond who is currently in Brazil with the Westfield Matildas preparing for the Rio Games. Former Matilda Heather Garriock will be Deans’ assistant. “The majority of this squad were identified at the National Training Centre (NTC) and have worked hard to earn their chance on this trip,” said Deans.