It is widely accepted that player retention is vital to any sport and club. Research undertaken by Football Federation Australia (FFA) shows that the main reason for players leaving our sport is a poor standard of coaching.
As such Football NSW are encouraging clubs to appoint their own Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) or team of CCCs to enhance the coaching, playing and spectating experiences of all club members.
The primary purpose of the CCC position is to provide relevant and valued coach support in the club environment, and to monitor and mentor coaches to conduct appropriate quality football activities that will enhance the players and coaches experience.
It is important to recognise that this role is designed to be flexible to meet the specific needs of your club, therefore specific areas can be the focus for the CCC, e.g. coaching support, recruitment, retention, parent information, club culture etc;, it is not intended to address every area in coaching, but merely to support and value coaching within the club environment in a way that assists in providing quality experiences for young players.
Time allocated to this endeavour should be determined in conjunction with club and the CCC, and the role should not be seen as onerous or separate to their coaching; it is important for the CCC to continue to coach as this is the main reason they are at the club. A commitment by the CCC to 1 hour a week can be advantageous in supporting new and inexperienced coaches; any additional hours that are allocated by the CCC are a bonus, with some clubs appointing a number of CCC’s to cater for a wide range of coaches within the club, thus providing greater levels of support for coaches and spreading the workload, whilst also providing opportunities for CCC’s to share experiences.
Benefits to your club
Benefits to the CCC
CCCs can play a wide variety of roles. Some these include: