Talent ID course proves popular

Watch out Sunshine Coast athletes! There are now six coaches on the Coast who will be using their extra knowledge in identification and recruiting skills to identify talented players after attending the AFL’s Talent Identification course.

Local club identities Matthew Elkington, Steven Moody, Kent Weightman and Geoff Armstrong and Peter Bock and Justin Pritchett (both Mountain Creek SHS) attended the course at Metricon Stadium last week as part of NAB AFL Draft Week activities.

The AFL’s Talent Identification course is aimed at developing identification and recruiting skills, focusing particularly on talent ID for regional, state and potential AFL level.

Sessions featured a range of skills including, finding the next star, assembling a list and using combines to attract talent.

Attendees particularly benefitted from the knowledge of former AFL players turned AFLQ staff Craig Starcevich and Mark Browning who presented sessions on the day.     

Gold Coast SUNS Recruiting Manager Dom Ambrogio, Hyundai Brisbane Lions Academy Manager Luke Curran and AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan were also on hand to share their skills.         

AFL Queensland State Coaching and Volunteer Manager Jack Barry said the course had been a huge success.            

“Getting more than fifty people through the course in its first run was fantastic for us,” he said.

“Talent ID is a growing industry and we’re looking into making the course an annual event.”

The course was run concurrently with a level two coaching course over the weekend.

Ninety coaches from across the state attended the course, a majority of which taking the first step towards becoming a level two accredited AFL coach.           

Gold Coast SUNS assistant coach Mark Riley was a standout presenter, sharing his knowledge around game day coaching.       

Coaches undertook various game-play specific sessions as well as sessions about recruitment, decision making, coaching philosophy and injury prevention.  

After completing the course, new level two coaches will find themselves a coaching mentor and undertake additional assessment throughout the year, including keeping a coaching diary for the upcoming football season.            

Level Two accreditation is vital for coaches looking to advance their coaching careers into higher levels of competition and high performance programs.          

For more information on becoming an accredited AFL coach, click here.


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