AFL Female Coaching Forum a Big Success

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Coaches of female football from around Australia gathered at the MCG on Sunday November 13 for the inaugural AFL Female Coaching Forum. The forum, mapped out by AFL Competition and Stakeholder Manager Michael Poulton in conjunction with an expert interest group; attracted a wide range of coaches engaged in female football from across the country, ranging from junior, talent pathway and senior football programs. 

The forum was opened by AFL Commissioner, Major General Simone Wilkie AO, and was supported by a group of keynote and other speakers who have been pioneers of coaching females in football and other fields.  

These experienced presenters included Fremantle Dockers Women’s Senior Coach Michelle Cowan, St Kilda Development Coach Peta Searle and Netball Australia’s Wellbeing Manager Angie Bain.

The afternoon was divided up into a number of elective practical sessions, presented twice, which were identified as key skills and knowledge required by competent female players. These sessions were presented by:

Kicking Skills - Phiv Demetriou (AFL Victoria)

Tackling & Body Contact -  Peta Searle (St Kilda)

Prevention of Lower Limb Injury - Brooke Patterson (La Trobe Sport & Exercise Medical Research Centre) 

Physical Conditioning - Calvin Pane (Maribyrnong Sports Academy). 


To close the day attendees were invited to participate in a Q & A session with presenters Michelle Cowan, Peta Searle, Angie Bain joined by Dani Glatz (Australian Defence Force Aussie Rules) and Darren Flanigan (AFL Victoria & Tasmania Female Talent Manager).

AFL Coaching Development Manager Lawrie Woodman said that “The Inaugural Female Coaching Forum was a huge success. We have had a significant amount of positive feedback from the day from both attendees and presenters which is very pleasing. Right from the start, it was a vibrant environment. There was a lot of passion in the room, some great discussion, networking and significant connections made which assist participants in their ongoing roles.” 

“With the rapid growth in participation in female football it is important that we provide coaches with the best opportunity to be successful. Development programs such as the Female Coaching Forum are just a small part of our commitment to striving for coaching excellence in female football.

Coaches or administrators who are interested in attending similar events in future are encouraged to keep an eye on the AFL Community Website for announcements.


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