The 2017 football season may be quickly becoming a distant memory for most, but not for the Australian Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year nominees. Mitch Wynd reports.
Four outstanding coaches are in the running for the Ray Allsopp NAB AFL Auskick Coach of the Year which will be presented at the AFL Victoria Community Football Awards dinner on Friday November 3.
The prestigious award is one of seven that will be handed out with winners also to be crowned in the Junior, Youth, Female, Senior, Umpire Coach (Country & Metro) and Lifetime Achievement categories.
See below for a brief summary of the Ray Allsopp NAB AFL Auskick Coach of the Year nominees:
AARON WHEELHOUSE (Huntly FNC)
Aaron Wheelhouse coordinated 52 participants at the Huntly FNC Auskick Centre north of Bendigo this season. He also organised and conducted Auskick halftime games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium, as well as coordinated the Auskick halftime game of the Bendigo Football Netball League Grand Final at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
JUSTIN DAVEY (Upper Beaconsfield Auskick Centre)
Justin Davey took on a diverse range of roles at Upper Beaconsfield Auskick centre this season. In addition to his coaching he also worked hard to promote the program online. Justin’s enthusiasm is infectious and his ability to take the time out to know all the kids and parents has made the Centre a welcoming environment. His use of short, engaging activities has ensured that the kids are learning the game in a positive environment. For the most part, Justin is coach, coordinator, and campaigner.
DAVID HENSON (Nyah Nyah West United FC)
David Henson has been in charge of the Nyah Nyah West United FC Auskick program since 1999, and was rewarded for his dedication with Club Life Membership. Several of his Auskick participants have gone on to coach their own teams, which is a testament to his teaching ability. David has an excellent knowledge of teaching skills and game fundamentals which suits the wide range of abilities in his group. David has the respect of all members of the club and as such is his reputation, that participants from nearby clubs also join his squads.
JUSTIN IMPEY (Portland Auskick Centre)
Justin joined Portland Auskick after five years at Heywood, and quickly made an impact with participants. You’ll find Justin setting up sessions over an hour before they are set to begin, and he tailors each session to target each skill area. Justin communicates well with parents, and ensures that their kids are given equal opportunity. In addition, he provides a great range of football skills/ drills to allow parents to get involved in the Auskick program each week as the kids enjoy seeing their parents assist.
STAY TUNED later this week for a closer look at this year’s David Parkin Junior Coach of the Year Award nominees…