AFL Victoria is proud to announce the launch of its She Can Coach program.
The new initiative, supported by the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game initiative, is designed to invest in the development of the next wave of talented female coaches in Victoria.
Seventeen coaches (see full list below) have been identified through TAC Cup, Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s and AFL W environments to be part of the program, from retired players to current senior and assistant coaches.
AFL Victoria Education and Training Manager Lauren Arnell said the program is a chance to develop some of our up-and-coming female coaches.
“We believe it is vitally important that we invest in female coaches in the talent pathway,” Arnell said.
“This program will provide opportunities for retired or retiring players to stay involved in the game and provide them with the tools and networks to further develop their coaching.
“Regardless of how far each coach progresses beyond Victorian based competitions, we know that this learning, mentoring and networking opportunity will immediately and directly have a positive impact on our existing players, clubs and competitions.
“We see this as not only a direct investment in the program participants but also those who are looking to coach in our talent competitions and beyond.”
As part of the program, each coach will be paired with a mentor, with the mentors selected from various levels of sport and business. Mentors will share their experiences and provide advice and feedback to the She Can Coach participants.
Coaches in the program will learn AFL strategy and trends, be exposed to scenarios of day-to-day coaching at the top level, have access to online courses specifically targeting coaching and receive advice about developing and applying for roles in the future.
AFL Victoria Coaching Development Manager Steve Teakel said the program investment goes further than just the coaches involved.
“This direct investment will also reflect on those who, in the future, are considering coaching in our competitions and see the visibility of our investment not only in our players but our coaches as well,” Teakel said.
“These coaches will be role models beyond their own players and clubs, and we will also look to engage them in future coach presentations, mentoring and development opportunities.”
Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Dr Bridie O’Donnell said she is looking forward to the She Can Coach program.
“The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation is excited to be working with organisations such as AFL Victoria to develop female talent in underrepresented areas such as coaching,” O’Donnell said.
Coaches will attend their first session on Monday August 13, with follow-up sessions to occur in October and December.
See the full list of coaches below:
|Cherie O’Neill||Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup|
|Shannon McFerran||Carlton VFLW|
|Chloe McMillan||Collingwood AFLW|
|Penny Cula-Reid||Collingwood VFLW|
|Jane Lange||Darebin Falcons VFLW|
|Julia Chiera||Darebin Falcons VFLW|
|Lisa Roper||Darebin Falcons VFLW|
|Lauren Morecroft||Essendon VFLW|
|Josie Smith||Essendon VFLW|
|Natalie Wood||Geelong Cats VFLW|
|Natasha Daffy||Geelong Falcons TAC Cup|
|Kim Ledder||Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup|
|Tamara Hyett||Sandringham Dragons TAC Cup|
|Dale Robinson||Southern Saints VFLW|
|Stacey Bourke||Southern Saints VFLW|
|Bree White||Western Bulldogs VFLW|
|Amy Catterall||Williamstown VFLW|