OUR COACHING STRUCTURE and VALUES
The Bentleigh JFC has been extremely fortunate over many years to have had outstanding coaches. This has not only resulted in a successful performance on field, but through a coaching culture of inclusion and encouragement, the Club has benefitted from strong player retention as well.
As we continue to compete in a constantly changing League where footballers are faced with increased challenges every year, the BJFC considers that greater coaching support is required for all our coaches.
Recently, through strong relationships with our Auskick centre we have been fortunate as a club to see coaches coming through from their Auskick experience and this has helped us grow a strong player base in our under 8-10 age groups that provides a good foundation for the club.
In addition to our main coaching staff, we are gradually seeing more parents being involved in assistant coaching roles. This is fantastic and we hope will aid to solve a critical succession planning issue where coaches transition after their tenure is up.
BJFC also is in the midst of developing a coaching structure that includes senior players from the Bentleigh Football Club who are aspiring to learning the coaching role and we see this being of great benefit to both the longer term sustainability of our older teams and the Under 19's at Senior level.
As indicated above one of our club policies is for Coaches to have a maximum of three (3) years tenure coaching the same team. This is to ensure players are exposed to different coaching styles, different personalities, different coaching methods/structures and to ensure that players are given every opportunity to learn the full breadth of the game and ground positions and not be 'pigeon- holed' into one style of play. This is most important particulalry from U8-U12 and the Club views this as a key issue when appointing coaches and reviewing performance.
Junior football is about the learning phase of the game and our coaches are required to have this as a key priority. At BJFC winning is not a priority but being competitive and ensuring the players have fun is, especially in those younger age groups (up to U12) and any aspiring coach at BJFC must be aware of this club mantra.
From 2017, we will be taking an approach that emphasises strong succession planning for our coaches. We see the ability to have more coaches than fewer critical to the success of developing our players and our club culture.
NOTE - ALL POSITIONS ARE VOLUNTARY INCLUDING COACHING DIRECTOR .
The Coaching Management structure at Bentleigh JFC is as follows:
Congratulations to all the new coaches for 2018.
Coach Coordinator (Boys): Paul Nankervis
Coach Coordinator (Girls): Karen Griffiths
Auskick Coordinator: Andrew Goldfinch
|Under 8 Maroon||Andrew Goldfinch|
|Under 8 Yellow||Dean Crawford|
|Under 9 Green||Matt Wilks|
|Under 9 Yellow||David Ratner|
|Under 10 Girls Maroon||James Morgan|
|Under 10 Red||John Warren|
|Under 10 Blue||Darren Postlethwaite|
|Under 10 Maroon||Russell Englander|
|Under 11 Bronze||Rob Reidy|
|Under 11 Howard||John Howard|
|Under 12 Girls Green||David McNamara|
|Under 12 Maroon||Sam Trainor|
|Under 13 Div 3||Andrew Dowsing|
|Under 14 Div 2||Michael Lawrence|
|Under 14 Girls Div 2||Nicole DeVries|
|Under 15 Div 2||Ben Mckinstry|
|Under 16 Girls Div 1||Stuart Sim|
|Under 16 Div 2||Liam Dimattina|
|Under 17 Div 2||Mick Smith|
|Under 18 Girls Div 1||Tim Rossiter|