Last night AFL Victoria launched their She Can Coach program.
This new initiative, supported through the Victorian Government's Change Our Game Workforce Development program, is designed to invest in the development of the next wave of talented female coaches in Victoria.
AFL Victoria Education and Training Manager Lauren Arnell said the program is a chance to develop some of the sports up-and-coming female coaches.
“We believe it is vitally important that we invest in female coaches in the talent pathway,” Arnell said.
“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."
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.
Principal Advisor – Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Elise Cafarella said the program provided a number of important elements.
“We identified the She Can Coach program as an excellent opportunity to develop defined pathways for women to succeed in as coaches in what is a traditionally male dominated sport.
“We know the important role mentoring plays in ensuring women and girls are able to reach their potential off the field. This program is a fantastic opportunity for coaches to access mentoring, learn skills from a number of different sectors including sport and business and to enhance their networks.” Cafarella said.
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.”