Kyabram Free Press

Footy coaching tips now online

- By Liam Nash

AFL Goulburn Murray is bringing an outdated training model into the 21st century with the launch of its online Regional Coaching Group.

As an interactiv­e tool angled at providing community coaches visual content accessible via sharing applicatio­n Hudl, training sessions are filmed and edited into relative segments for community coaches to use.

With the organisati­on’s research library dating back five years, AFL Victoria football developmen­t manager Daniel Preston labelled the model “valuable and resourcefu­l''.

“The platform was put together in conjunctio­n with Mark Brown of the Murray Bushranger­s done with AFL Victoria,” Preston said.

“There are plenty of lessons which are useful to community coaches of all levels, using the varying levels of coaching within the Murray Bushranger­s.

“It is about bridging the gap for community coaches with NAB League level applicatio­n, focusing on developmen­t.”

Launched at the start of July, Preston noted there was an aim to upload a new video every 10 days.

The introducti­on of Game Vision,

where different scenarios, positional play and other activities are translated into a match situation, gives coaches and players valuable insight into how to carry training ground exercises onto the park.

But perhaps the greatest asset of the Regional Coaching Group is its convenienc­e.

“It is even more relative at the moment with face-to-face workshops becoming harder and harder to plan due to coronaviru­s,” Preston said.

“This provides the opportunit­y to upskill from home.”

Although the project has been on the cards for about 12 months, the launch has continuall­y been pushed back due to the evolving coronaviru­s climate.

But not anymore. Preston is pleased to see the plan finally reach fruition.

“The idea behind the program fundamenta­lly was about getting community coaches online, creating a platform to pick up where the traditiona­l regional coaching groups have ceased and make it modern,” he said.

“It is a great tool for any aspiring coach. No matter the level, there is something they can get out of it.”

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