Football Queensland (FQ) commenced a number of coaching courses over the weekend as the unofficial coach education season kicked off in the state.
FQ has identified a focus on improving coach development opportunities to grow the number of coaches across the state in the next three years in the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for football in Queensland.
Close to 70 coaches were registered for the commencement of C Licence ‘Youth’ and ‘Senior’ courses over the weekend, with more than 75% of participants working in the community space.
30 candidates also completed Part 2 of an Advanced B Licence course last week, held at FQ headquarters at Meakin Park.
Football Federation Australia (FFA)’s National Advanced Coach Education Manager Anthony Frost was in attendance for the first three days of the course, working alongside FQ High Performance Officer Pat Hedges, Redlands United Technical Director Graham Harvey and FFA’s Stefan Busso to deliver the course.
Hedges said he believed the environment created for coach education courses in Queensland was second to none.
“This weekend over 100 coaches continued their advanced coach education journey at FQ’s Meakin Park, and it was extremely pleasing to see so many coaches working at all levels, community and advanced, showing a desire to develop themselves,” Hedges said.
“We endeavour to create an environment based on honesty and commitment, completely free of fear or retribution; one that is conducive to learning, giving the coaches the freedom to explore their own personal philosophies while at the same time giving them the guidance to improve their methodology.
“All of this coupled with the access to current resources and information.”