MFC Coach Requirements
In general, teams have the right to select their own coaches, but we would like each coach to have a Grassroots certification as a minimum. Mosman FC will approve the coach appointment for the top team in each of the Junior Divisions, and the Red and Blue division teams in the U9s. Our goal is that the coaches for these teams should have a Junior Licence as a minimum (or a firm intention to gain the licence), and a Youth Licence is desirable. Please note that the FFA provides free grassroots training (mainly for U6 to U8 teams), organised by the MWFA and an 80% subsidy for Junior, Youth and Senior Licences. Approval of these coaches will be performed by a sub-committee consisting of the VP Juniors (Chair), the Coaching Director and Junior Coaching Director.
Duties of the coach include:
- Running training sessions, at least once per week for 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the age group, and preferably twice per week for Division One teams;
- Coaching the team on Saturday mornings, and at various gala days throughout the season; [Note: the U9 Head Coach will also coach the MFC Strikers Cup team]
- Participation in and support of Mosman FC external coaching initiatives;
- Participating in pre-season skills assessment sessions for the relevant age group, and final squad selection
All Mosman FC coaches must sign the Mosman FC Coach Code of Conduct, a Child Protection Form and abide by any coaching policies implemented from time to time by the Mosman FC. All appointments and terminations are at the absolute discretion of the Mosman FC, and we may ask a coach to step down if, in our opinion, the Code of Conduct is breached.
Teams Seeking Coaches
Every team needs a coach, and in general, it is the team's responsibility to find their own coach. Having a good coach can make a big difference to the development of the team and how much they enjoy their football. There should always be one primary coach so that the players have a clear understanding of who their coach is. Assistant Coaches are a great idea to spread the workload and provide extra options for training. The primary coach needs to be able to attend both the training sessions and the games otherwise they cannot see how their training is being implemented, carry feedback and issues from games back to training.
We ask for parent's interest in coaching during the registration process, and will let the parents of the team know who has volunteered to coach once the team is formed. If there is more than 1 volunteer, we suggest the coach with the greatest experience and qualifications takes the primary role.
Sometimes it is not possible to find a parent with the skills or the time to coach the team. We sometimes have a small number of volunteers looking for a team to coach, and we will introduce these coaches to the teams without a parent coach. Otherwise, it is the team's responsibility to find their own coach, for example by asking parents in your team who play football, parents from other teams or other age groups, the Age Coordinator or Coaching Coordinator. If your team needs a paid coach then it is the responsibility of the parents in that team to pay the coaching fees. As a general rule MFC does not pay for team coaches, particularly because that would not be fair to the teams who organise volunteers to do the same job.
Coaches Seeking Teams
Mosman FC is committed to helping all its players reach their potential as footballers. We recognise that the skills and energy of the team coaches are critical to achieving this goal, and need qualified coaches to assist us. There are two options to become involved as a coach at Mosman FC:
1. Volunteer Coach
For most Mosman teams, the coach is a volunteer who takes on the role due to the intrinsic reward of being involved with a football team. Many of these volunteers are parents, but sometimes due to lack of time or technical skills, we are unable to find a suitable parent coach. We try to help these teams by introducing them to volunteer coaches. If you would like to be considered for this role you would need to have the following:
- 1-2 hours on a weeknight (Mon-Wed), and 1-2 hours on a Saturday (excluding travelling time) between April to August
- A Junior, Youth or Senior Licence
- Compliance with our Child Protection Policies
2. Paid Coach
We also engage a small number of professional coaches to work across multiple teams over the season, and provide specific skills sessions (eg goalkeeping). These coaches usually have played at a high level, and are now coaching as a full time occupation. If you would like to be considered for this role you would need to have the following:
- 2-4 hours on a weeknight (Mon-Thurs), and possibly Sunday for specific skills sessions
- A Senior Licence
- Compliance with our Child Protection Policies
- An ABN
We are particularly interested in hearing from female coaches to assist with our fast growing junior ladies division, and are prepared to assist coaches who will commit to the club gain the appropriate qualification.
If you are interested in a coaching role, please register your interest by sending us an email with a contact number and qualifications and we will contact you before the start of the next season.
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