AFL Queensland Focus Group – High Performance

AFL Queensland Coaching and Talent department has assembled five coaching focus groups for 2019.

The groups assembled align with the States coaching pathway and consist of eight to ten coaches representing the following programs including High Performance, Talent & Development, Youth, Female Coaches and Schools.

Each group has a program facilitator and a mentor. The majority of the programs will be run over five two-hour sessions and conducted throughout the year.

The High- Performance groups have been selected from coaches who are participating in NEAFL, QAFL, QAFLW and State Talent Programs.

The first three sessions have included attending the two-day Phase 2 of the Level 3 Coaching Course.

The phase included An inner Sanctum Experience at the Brisbane Lions and an informal ‘lunch and learn’. Both sessions being supported by Brisbane Lions General Manager of Football David Noble and star player Luke Hodge who is also a Level 2 accredited coach.

The latest session of ‘lunch and learn’ was held at the Paw Paw Café in Brisbane where a more informal approach was taken. Over lunch, coaches not only networked with each other but engaged with both David and Luke on a whole range of topics.

AFL Queensland State Coaching Manager Jack Barry said that this concept of informal learning is being used more regularly in coach education across sports and business around the world.

“It’s held in a relaxed environment where likeminded people can just talk coaching, be that problem solving, communication, strategies and tactics, networking, seeking career advice or just re affirming they are on the right track,” Barry said.

“Our three guest coaches so far have been so giving of their time and knowledge.

“David Nobel has an extensive professional background in coaching and administration across all levels of football and his wisdom and knowhow in both professions has been invaluable to the group.”

“Luke Hodge has been an outstanding sounding board for the coaches with his on-field leadership, communication and insights about the game from a player’s perspective who is potentially transitioning into fulltime coaching.

“He sees the game very well, understand people and relationships in which he can clearly articulates that back to our coaches.

Paul Turk, who joined AFL Queensland as the High Performance Manager after a 14-year stint with North Melbourne and Essendon as the strength and conditioning coach, was also a special guest parting with his knowledge around athlete performance.

“The hope of this group is this will keep some of our leading coaches highly engaged, improve their coaching IQ and feel they have outside support in what are challenging roles,” Barry said.

“I will be looking at the feedback from across all the groups at years end in which I hope will help shape the way we can deliver engaging coach education in the future.

“With the fantastic online support of Coach AFL, accredited coaches will also benefit from face to face coach personal development sessions, coaching groups and also where we can offer ‘live experiences opportunities’ through our networks.”

“We are very fortunate with both of our AFL clubs here in Queensland with the support they give back to our community coaches.”

The final two sessions for the high-performance group will include a personal experience and a formal learning segment.

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