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Workshops for coaches of young sports players – Front of Mind

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Participant
AFL National Diversity Championships
Coach

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
Coach

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

Participant
Mounties Wanderers Football Club
Coach

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

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.

 

What is it?

Front of Mind is an interactive 60 minute workshop for up to 20 coaches of any young players of a team sport, held at your club. This workshop highlights the critical influence coaches have on young players and how that influence can be more effectively used to improve player wellbeing and safety.  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?

Front of Mind deals with issues not currently offered in any coaching curriculum or accreditation process.  It considers coaching responses to many of the challenges that young people may bring around communications, 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 and strategic point of difference in their approach to fostering young 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 copy of workshop slides and a range of appropriate positive coaching resources
  • Be given a Youthsafe session which coaches can use with their young players around managing risk in sport.

Workshops for young sports players – Stay in the Game

A presentation about risk and the consequences of risk as a sports person.

It 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 play the game they love.

Nickie Flambouras
AFL NSW/ACT
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 presentations@youthsafe.org

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.