On Monday night AFL Victoria held a coaching masterclass session in conjunction with the Collingwood Football Club.
Around 110 coaches from the South Metro Junior Football League, Southern Football Netball League, Victorian Amateur Football Association and TAC Cup competitions were in attendance to learn about coaching strategies and game plans from several big-name Magpies assistant coaches.
Scott Burns and Anthony Rocca kicked off the evening explaining midfield structures and stoppage tactics to the captivated audience. Jarryd Rivers and recent AFL Hall of Fame inductee Ben Hart then ran through the defensive set-ups before Steve Grace articulated the finer points of forward line structures.
The Magpies’ Masterclass, which ran for around two and half hours, was tailored specifically for football played at this time of the year as clubs look to fine-tune their game plans in the run home to finals.
It was also an interactive experience, and the experts welcomed questions and feedback to maximise learning opportunities for the local coaches in attendance.
AFL Victoria Inner Southern Region Development Manager Gary Brown said the course was a wonderful opportunity for football coaches at all levels to further develop their skills.
“The AFL Victoria/Collingwood Football Club Coaching Masterclass is a great way to upskill local coaches” Mr Brown said.
“There were also coaches in attendance from the Oakleigh Chargers and Sandringham Dragons TAC Cup teams, so the masterclass really covers all bases.
“This is one of the ways AFL Victoria shows its commitment to improving and upskilling coaches at all levels.”
The next AFL Victoria/Collingwood Football Club Coaching Masterclass will be held in early August, and will focus on the development of players, the implementation of game plans and preparation for finals.