Coach Support @ Wests
It takes a village to run a team. If coaching isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to help make your footballer’s team fun and engaging.
These are the volunteer positions that help make for a successful team:
- Co-coach – The team coach has a big job to organise and motivate 10-16 players in each squad. The responsibility of the co-coach is to support the coach during the training session, coach smaller subgroups when the team breaks into role specific training, take one on one sessions with any kids working on specific challenges, and help keep the kids engaged and motivated.
- Team Manager – The team manager updates the Heja app each week to let the team know where they are playing each Saturday, works with the coach to ensure that the team has enough kids on game day, helps with subs on game day, along with the coach or co-coach, coordinates the parent roster of bringing oranges, and organises collecting money from parents for the tournament later in the season.
- Team Photographer – Pretty much what you’d expect. The team photographer captures a visual diary of players and games throughout the season to share with players, parents and the club.
There are also some specialist football skill-based volunteering roles available. Please let your grade convenor know if you are an experienced footballer yourself, and can help with specific role based training within your team or for the wider grade:
- Goal keeping,
- Mid-fielding, or
Couple of myths busted if you are wondering whether this is something that you could do:
I haven’t done any coaching before…I’m not sure if I could co-coach a team.
It’s easy. The coach runs the sessions and the game day. You would be supporting the coach during training sessions to keep the kids moving and engaged, and also helping out on game day with subs.
If you are comfortable taking on more responsibility or running sessions yourself, then there is plenty of opportunity to do so.
What would I need to know as a co-coach for the training sessions
Typically we run through a pretty standard format – warm up, technique development, football skills and small sided games. For each training session, the coach may ask that you come a little earlier to help set up, and then participate during the session. A typical example is: the coach will divide the team in two and set up some rondos (passing under pressure) – the coach would help one half of the team and you’d help the other to keep things moving.
I won’t have the time to co-coach
On average you can expect to spend 2 hours per week, including a training session during the week and a game on Saturday. If you attend a game on Saturday anyway, you are already part of the way there from a time commitment.
The season runs from May through September.