Players who completed the Leadership Program

Leading the Way

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Berwick Junior Football Club has developed a leadership program for players from their U15 and U16 teams that aims to develop their leadership attributes off the field by helping in, and around, the club.

To meet the criteria of the program, participants can mentor junior players, volunteer at club events or complete four hours of volunteer service around the club (amongst other activities).

Players who complete the program receive a certificate, trophy and a gift card at a special presentation at the end of the season.

This new program, designed to develop off-field leadership, saw a group of U15 players completing key activities around the club such as helping at club events, writing for the club newsletter ‘Berwick Barracker’, mentoring junior players and demonstrating great leadership qualities.

The leadership program is engaging players to take ownership over the club whilst developing character that will hold them in good stead for their future.  In particular, the program focuses on the following elements:

  • Reliability 
  • Punctuality 
  • Organisation Skills
  • Team Building
  • Responsibility
  • Self Esteem
  • Independence
  • Communication
  • Service  to Others
  • Respect for self, others & club environment
  • Presentation skills

Criteria included:

  • Has demonstrated strong reliable attendance to all training sessions  and games punctually.
  • Has personally mentored a junior player (Under 9 > Under 12)
  • Has briefed one of the junior teams either at a training session, before a game, or during half time
  • Has attended one of the special training sessions with the Berwick Senior Football Club
  • Has volunteered services at BJFC major events during the year
  • Has written an article for the Berwick Barracker newsletter on any subject relating to football and/or the club
  • Has completed at least 4 hours volunteer service around the club (this can be a combination of assistance on game day, or supporting ground staff, or other committee members, or with one of the club sponsors
  • Has prepared a 1 page report on what they have learnt from their experience in leadership program

Michael Spiteri who looks after Marketing and Communications at the Berwick Junior Football Club was delighted with the inaugural running of the program in 2011.

"We are delighted with the response from the junior players, and their dedication to completing the program outside of their existing team commitments. They have demonstrated the strong characteristics necessary to being not only successful footballers, but also leaders in life," he said.

The leadership program has the potential to be a model for other junior sporting clubs.
“The program has generated a lot of interest within the local community, with many local junior sporting clubs in the area exploring the possibility of implementing a similar program," Spiteri explained.
Finding volunteers willing to help at football clubs can be challenging.  This program encourages players to assist with sharing the workload across the club whilst building valuable life skills.

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