New Coach Education & Mentoring Program Launched

AFL Victoria is now seeking applicants for its new Youth Girls Academy Coach Education and Mentoring program.

The new program will provide existing VWFL players who are interested in coaching, with the opportunity to achieve their level one accreditation whilst experiencing an extensive mentoring program across eight months.

Existing Youth Girls coaches are also sought to provide them with additional coaching support and mentoring.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Close of business Wednesday March 16




Established in 2008, AFL Victoria’s Youth Girls Academy is an on and off field football development for Victoria’s most promising Youth Girls footballers and female field umpires. From 2011, a coaching development program will be integrated into the Academy. Based at the Essendon Football Club and supported by the Bill Hutchison Foundation, the squad meets monthly from February until November.

The aim of this project is to establish a coach education and mentoring program as part of AFL Victoria’s Youth Girls Academy.

Whilst great efforts have gone into improving the participation rate of girls and women in football, limited resources have meant that players and umpires have been prioritised for development opportunities over coaches. AFL Victoria has also identified that there is a need to invest in the development of coaches within the Youth Girls program and to attract female players within the Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL) to coaching. With AFL Victoria’s Youth Girls Academy now firmly established, an opportunity now exists to introduce a coaching development segment within the Youth Girls Academy, ensuring that AFL Victoria will produce quality coaches as well as players and umpires.

Youth Girls Academy Coaches will be mentored in their coaching across the year by the Academy’s Head Coach. They will be required to assist in talent identification within Youth Girls competitions and in the assessment of Youth Girls Academy players. Level one accreditation training will be provided to successful applicants from the VWFL. Successful applicants will also be required to be involved in the Youth Girls talent identification process.

- To improve coaching standards in Youth Girls competitions;
- To develop the knowledge and skills of current Youth Girls coaches;
- To encourage VWFL players to become coaches;
- To provide level 1 coach training and accreditation to VWFL players;
- To identify talented coaches within Youth Girls competitions and provide them with additional opportunities to develop their coaching;
- To provide AFL Victoria with additional resources for talent identification within the Youth Girls program.

- Successful applicants will be required to pay a fee of $100
- This program has been heavily subsidised by AFL Victoria and the AFL.

- Applicants from Youth Girls competitions will need to be level 1 accredited Australian Football coaches; and,
- Applicants from the VWFL will not need to be level 1 accredited.

Successful applicants from Youth Girls competitions will need to:
- Attend 80 percent of all Academy sessions.

Successful applicants from the VWFL
- Attend 100% sessions to complete level 1 course;
- Complete all coach accreditation assessment as required;
- Consent to undertaking a police check if required;
- Obtain a Working With Children Check before accreditation can be provided;

All applicants must:
- Participate in at least two Youth Girls talent identification processes and assessment of Youth Girls Academy players during the Youth Girls season.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Close of business Wednesday March 16




FURTHER INFORMATION: Chyloe Kurdas – – 0418 572 902


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