Western Springs are keen to provide opportunities for our members to grow their own knowledge and expertise in a range of areas. These may include:
Fit4Football – Injury prevention and recovery strategies
Injuries – Sideline management
Concussion – signs, symptoms, treatment
Football coaching – our own in-house sessions
These resources may be useful and will be added to:
NZF Junior Resources, download here
McDonald’s Junior Football Games & Activities download here
McDonald’s Junior Football Game Cards download here
Retreating Line Video watch here
Retreating Line Guide download here
The New Zealand Football Coach Education Pathway has courses available at all levels of the game including three age-related pathways – Junior, Youth and Senior. Each course provides coaches with age appropriate learning to enhance their players experience and development in the game. New Zealand Football’s approach is founded on the following principles:
Appropriate for New Zealand – reflective of New Zealand’s unique culture and football environment
Flexible – providing coaches with more choice and a higher degree of ownership in selecting and following their own development pathway
Lifelong learning – promoting continued personal development and self-responsibility for learning
Player Centred – based on the needs of the players and designed to meet the age-related development needs of players throughout the game
Applicable and practical – ‘on-the job learning’ experiences (creating and recognising learning experiences in the coaching environment)
Coaches at the community level are the ‘backbone’ of the coaching family and crucial to increasing participation and laying the foundations in developing the basic skills and intrinsic motivation that players need to have a lifelong passion for football.
The Community Pathway provides the volunteer coach, who may have varying levels of football knowledge or experience, with learning to ensure that they engage the players in a highly stimulating way. Coaches can access courses without the need for assessment or accreditation in a range of methods to suit the needs of the players in the Community Pillar (Recreation and Participation).
The Advanced Pathway provides coaches with a structure to become a professional, ‘expert’ coach. New Zealand Football recognise that the game needs expert coaches at all age groups in the talent pillars (Perform and Excel).
The philosophy of all of the coach education courses is to provide ‘authentic’ and realistic task-centred learning where candidates ‘learn through doing’ and by recognising and defining football problems. New Zealand Football’s approach is to get learners involved with football-related tasks and work to find solutions to these problems in a logical way. Getting coaches involved with realistic coaching situations will facilitate the ongoing application of the newly-acquired knowledge and skills. To allow coaches time to ‘apply and adapt new learning’ into their own environment, distance learning forms an integral part of coach education courses at all levels and provides candidates with an opportunity to practically adopt and apply theoretical aspects covered in courses and learn through self-reflective practice in their own unique environment.
Most importantly, these processes create coaches that are able to critically evaluate their own coaching, and take the required action to improve their coaching performance. This takes time and as such, New Zealand Football undertakes ‘post-course’ assessments for all advanced courses. This removes the traditional issues created by conducting ‘on- course’ assessments and enables coaches to focus on gaining a deeper understanding of the content and its application.