Front of Mind – an interactive online workshop for coaches of young sports players

The next Front of Mind workshop will be held on September 30 | Full details here

Front of Mind provides insight, skills and strategies for all coaches to keep ‘front of mind’ when coaching young athletes from age 13 and up.
AFL National Diversity Championships

As a new coach with limited experience, this workshop is providing me with tools to implement to achieve an optimal outcome. Keep up the good work.

Bruce Hort
Gladesville Hornsby Football Association

The presentation gave our participants valuable insights into what their role is and the impact they can have on the players they coach.

Mounties Wanderers Football Club

This workshop should be a part of the FFA coaching licences.


What is it?

Front of Mind is an interactive 60 minute online workshop for coaches of young players of any sport. This workshop highlights the critical influence coaches have on young players and how that influence can improve player wellbeing and safety, on and off the sporting field.  Its insights and practical strategies are supported by:

  • Recent research highlighting a link between coaching style and the incidence of player injury
  • Expert opinion from the growing field of ‘positive coaching’ and the power of influence
  • Youthsafe’s acknowledged expertise in what drives young people and the importance of adults as mentors

Why is it needed?

Not currently offered in any coaching curriculum or accreditation process, Front of Mind considers how coaches can respond to relevant issues young people may face that impact performance and wellbeing.  The session gives participants practical tips and strategies on effective communication to address matters such as stress, inexperience and commitment.  It is timely given the increasing focus on young player injuries, particularly concussion, and the growing participation of females in those sports that have traditionally been the reserve of males.

Who will benefit?

Front of Mind will add value to the success of all coaches who work with young people from grassroots to representative levels. Its objective is to enhance coaching relationships for the benefit of each player and their team and to give participating clubs a strategic point of difference in their approach to fostering youth participation, player retention and team success.

All workshop participants will:

  • Gain practical skills to help understand how to get the best out of young players
  • Receive take home strategies, including a range of appropriate positive coaching resources
  • Be given a Youthsafe session plan that coaches can deliver to their young players around managing risk in sport.

Details of the next Front of Mind workshop:


September 2020
  • Sept 30 (Wednesday)
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • $45.00 per person
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Workshops for young sports players – Stay in the Game

A presentation about risk and the consequences of risk as a young athlete.

Stay in the Game is a facilitated discussion involving young athletes in exploring the concept of risk, related consequences and strategies for making safer choices so young people can keep playing the game they love.

Nickie Flambouras
Multicultural Programs Manager

Youthsafe’s ‘Stay in the Game’ sessions get our young players to develop meaningful strategies to help them stay safe, on and off the field.
The sessions really make them think about what’s in their control, and help them take responsibility for their own safety.

If you would like more information or to book a session, please call our Education Coordinator on (02) 9817 7847 or email

All our sessions are available throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. Packages can be developed for regions outside Sydney including The Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Illawarra regions.

Coaching athletes for performance and injury prevention
The influence of coaching style on player injury and participation.


Coaches are an essential part of a sporting team’s success. This article looks at how coaches can impact on young players’ health, wellbeing as well as improving performance, on and off the sporting field.

Coaching to reduce injury and increase performance is also the focus of Youthsafe’s new Front of Mind workshop for coaches of young athletes. Read the full article by clicking here.