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Workshop a hit with aspiring female coaches

July 06, 2016 By: Penny Category: Coaching

Female Coach Mentor Program
Female Coach Mentor Program Workshop / staff writers
The Female Coach Mentor Program for 2016 kicked off with a workshop in Melbourne during the recent Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas double header.

The Female Coach Mentor Program has been established to provide more exposure to high performance environments for the selected female coaches as well as increase the pool of female coaches with the experience and knowledge necessary to coach at the highest level.

In what is the second year of the program after a highly successful inaugural year, the six aspiring female coaches spent three days hearing from a host of speakers and sessions where they were exposed to a high performance environment.

They attended the Westfield Matildas training session at Etihad Stadium on the eve of the match against New Zealand which also consisted of hearing from Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic on the preparations for matches, training, and having access to high performance analytics.

The coaches undertaking the six month program in 2016 are:

  • Aroon Clansey (ACT)
  • Nicola Williams (WA)
  • Linda Khamis (NSW)
  • Melissa Barbieri (VIC)
  • Kat Smith (VIC)
  • Kate Cohen (NSW)

They have each been paired up with high calibre mentors to provide a supporting development program which will continue for the next six months. The mentors include Jean Paul De Marigny (Melbourne Victory Assistant Coach), Sean Douglas (National Coach Education at FFA), Mike Cooper (National Advanced Coach Development Manager at FFA), Joe Montemurro (Melbourne City FC Assistant Coach and W-League Head Coach), Ron Smith, Ufuk Talay (Joeys Assistant Coach) and Ante Juric (National Women’s Technical Director & Young Matildas Head Coach).

The coaches will spend the next six months in constant communication with their mentors to develop their skills not only as coaches but also as managers.

“One of the four key principals established within the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan is focused towards FFA being the ‘Leading Organisation for Females in Sport’,” said FFA Head of Football Development, Community and Women’s Football Emma Highwood.

“Programs like this are crucial to the development of our game, the coaches chosen to participate in the program are our top level female coaches, we need to support their growth and development to ensure they reach their full leadership potential.”

“Through the workshop the Australian Institute of Sport partnered us on the program and have provided the coaches with high level coach profiling to better understand their development areas.

“Through that they will work on their development areas with the mentors they have been paired with.”

All coaches must have completed a FFA/AFC ‘C’ License or higher to be eligible.

For information on a range of available coaching courses and resources click here.

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July 06, 2016 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

WA girls identified among nation’s best: NTC CHALLENGE 2016

July 06, 2016 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

WA’s NTC Girls with Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna. Photo: Jessine Bonzas

Friday, June 17, 2016

City Beach teenager Roisin Connolly left a lasting WA impression at the Girls National Training Centre Challenge with a goal for the Select Team in the final match of the week-long tournament.

Football West News

WA’s girls performed admirably during seven matches, losing just once, and providing the platform for Connolly and goalkeeper Morgan Aquino, from Bayswater, to earn selection in the Select Team.

The Select Team consists of players identified as among the best at the tournament and who have the potential to play for the Matildas.

Connolly scored the second goal for the Select Team in a 2-2 draw against NTC Challenge winners Northern New South Wales at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Monday.

Coach Jessine Bonzas said the overall performance of the WA team, which drew six of its seven matches, was further evidence of the improving talent in the state.

“The girls had a really good week and they come back in great spirits and ready to continue their development,” she said.

“We were competitive the whole week – the consistency was there – and that hasn’t always been the case in the past. There were some games where we absolutely dominated and we just couldn’t convert out chances.

“We drew with Northern New South Wales, who were the top team, and NSW, who were second, and it’s the first time WA has taken a point off NSW in an NTC Challenge, so there are a lot of positives.”

Although most players at the NTC Challenge were aged 16 and 17, the WA squad included five 15-year-old players, including Aquino.

Georgie Ireland, Rosie Lehane, Cheyenne Wise-Jarvis and Alexia Moreno also showed ability beyond their years.

“All of the younger players stepped up and we saw so much growth from them,” Bonzas said. “It showed that investing in our young talent, giving them opportunities and fast-tracking their development is a very good approach.”

Aside from the on-field action, the girls also attended an inspirational workshop where they heard from Matildas coach Alen Stajcic and former national team player Heather Garriock.

They also watched the Matildas train in preparation for the Rio Olympic Games and met with WA striker and Australia captain Lisa De Vanna.

WA results: NNSW 0 WA 0; WA 0 Qld 0; WA 1 (Liana Cook) ACT 1; WA 0 SA 0; Tas 0 WA 0; NSW 1 WA (Georgia Cawley); WA 1 (Ellie La Monte) Victoria 4.

Squad: 1 Morgan Aquino (Suburb: Bayswater); 2 Alyssa Van Heurck, co-captain (Dalkeith); 3 Cheyenne Wise-Jarvis (Landsdale); 4 Sofie Osborne (Palmyra); 5 Georgina Teakle (Doubleview); 6 Georgie Ireland (Southern River); 7 Roisin Connolly (City Beach); 8 Abbey Meakins, co-captain (Woodlands); 9 Ellie La Monte (High Wycombe); 10 Alexia Moreno (Dianella); 11 Kizanne Mulder (Pearsall); 12 Isabella Foletta (Yokine); 14 Rosie Lehane (Booragoon); 15 Tessa De Leo (Mt Lawley); 16 Liana Cook (Esperance); 17 Julia Kagiannis (Rivervale); 18 Georgia Cawley (Mindarie).

Coach: Jessine Bonzas

Assistant coaches: Steffi Nadilo and Faye Chambers

Manager: Lisa Tana

Physio: Ciara Conway

Technical Director: Cris Ola