At the recent State Summit a Working Group was formed to develop the Gridiron Australia National Coaching Framework to provide consistency in recognition and to provide a pathway for existing and new coaches to develop within the sport here in Australia.
The Working Group consisted of the following representatives:
GA – Kevin Wilson, Kelvin Howsan
NSW – Mitch Woellner
VIC – Matthew Jenkins
ACT – George Stosic
SA – Robert Westmcinnes
TAS – Derek Hagstron
WA – Jim Winter
QLD – Lance Tongakilo
The Working Group was charged with the following considerations:
- Consistent recognition throughout the country
- Guidance for State Governing Bodies to control certification within their state
- Recognition of prior learning and experience of coaches within the current system
- Minimum standards to protect the safety of players and members
- Easy access, delivery and administration
- Pathway for “recreational” coaches
Please find here the competitive and recreational coaching frameworks.
Some things to note:
- All coaches will be required to have completed both the ASC Community Coaching Principle and the USA Youth Tackle Certification which are already in place
- Existing Coaches will have three (3) months to apply for recognised prior learning and receive appropriate recognition
- There is a high focus on mentoring by more senior accredited coaches to ensure quality learning and reduce the focus on theory.
- Other than the minimum standards, clubs and states will determine their requirements
- Modules will be sourced, developed over the next 3 months for new coaches
- The framework will be reviewed annually
What do I do next?
If I am a new coach, complete my ASC community coaching principles and USA Youth Tackle Football certification.
I want to thank the working group for their input and commitment to delivering a workable framework for both existing and new coaches.