Football Queensland is pleased to announce the delivery of 13 advanced coaching courses since the beginning of 2021, with six courses held in regional areas from Gold Coast to Cairns.
FQ Club Development Ambassador Davide Bertamini said more than 200 coaches from around the state have completed or are currently undertaking B or C Licence courses.
Bertamini has been overseeing courses in Gold Coast, Brisbane and Rockhampton, while Townsville-based Senior Technical Manager Michael Edwards delivered the courses in Townsville and Cairns.
“It is a strategic priority for Football Queensland to invest in coaches across the state, and this year we have delivered a record number of C and B Licence courses,” said Bertamini.
“Last year was difficult to get out to regional areas because of COVID lockdowns, so this year we have been making up for lost time.
“One of the favourite parts of my job is getting out to regional areas to work with local coaches.
“Regional football people are highly engaged, open to new challenges, willing to learn and ready to make the most of opportunities.
“Before the end of the year, we hope to also deliver a C Licence course in Wide Bay, where we have recognised the demand for increased coach education.”
Edwards, who moved to Townsville at the beginning of 2021, said the positive engagement from aspiring local coaches will have lasting impact on football in the North.
“It was great to work with coaches in Townsville and Cairns who have now completed Part One of the C Licence course,” said Edwards.
“A big part of my role is helping up-and-coming coaches develop their skills and understand the profession.
“Increased coach education will have a flow-on effect to clubs and players around North Queensland. Better coaches means better players and a higher standard of football.”
FQ will deliver the first A Licence course in October at Meakin Park in Brisbane, adding to three B Licence and 14 C Licence courses in 2021.