AFL Europe helps footy grow in Scotland
- Updated: March 8, 2015
On Sunday 15th February 2015 AFL Scotland hosted Level 3 AFL coach Daniel Archer who delivered an excellent educational course to twelve new AFL coaches.
Attendees from four clubs included hopefuls who will be coaching women’s teams, men’s teams and within a schools programme as AFL in Scotland continues to expand its reach. The North East of England was also represented with two Tyne Tees coaches in attendance.
Coach Archer was fresh off working as a consultant at Harlequins Rugby Club in London focusing on kicking and aerial skills; transitioning AFL skills to rugby. His previous roles include being the NEAFL Representative head coach in 2014, involvement with the Sydney Swans academy, University of Sydney, Northern Territory Thunder, Eastlake FC and the State Coaching Manager in AFL NSW/ACT.
The day began in the classroom, with an initial presentation on the role of the coach, followed by attendee-led coaching examples. Archer then delved deeper into self-evaluation and player evaluation, as well as having a personal profile of your coaching self and how it might be perceived. Communication was a key recurring theme throughout.
The course then progressed out onto the field of play where coaches put their peers through their paces, setting out drills that had been designed by the coaches in the classroom earlier in the day. This gave a perfect opportunity for group feedback and for Coach Archer to assess the groups coaching skills, before attendees were shown various other techniques and drills to be used in their training including some aimed more at the younger age groups that many of the coaches will be delivering AFL footy to.
For those in attendance the hard work is not over yet, as workbooks will need to be completed with further on-the-job assessments before a Level 1 AFL Coaching Accreditation is awarded.
AFL Scotland would like to thank Daniel Archer for giving his time to help footy in our region and his infectious enthusiasm for the game has already made an impact on those who attended. Also thanks to AFL Europe’s Ben MacCormack for organising the day.