FFA National Education Manager Les Bee was in Perth last week for part of a three-day coaching course run by Football West.
On day one there was an induction evening for 10 young coaches, who attended as part of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Young Sports Leaders program for people aged between 14-25. They learned what would be required for the Smarter Than Smoking program, which is run in three stages over a year.
The following evening Bee ran a Coach Developers’ personal development workshop for 14 older coaches.
Then on the final day the youngsters went to Gibbney Reserve in Maylands for a Skills Training course. Around 10 Coach Developers also attended, allowing the Young Sports Leaders to benefit from one-on-one feedback.
Football West coach James Young delivered the Young Sports Leaders program along with Development Officer Garry Church, who said: “The kids were amazing.
“On the Thursday evening they were as quiet as a mouse. But when they returned on the Saturday there was a huge transformation. They had to stand up in front of their peers and adults to show what they had learned … full credit to them.”
Football West Great Southern Administrative Officer John Overton also attended the course and he will run a similar program in Albany.