Soccer coaches rewarded for hard work

18 August 2015

Soccer coaches Riccardo Amazzini and Selina Kiddle are a great example of coaches who just want to learn. The pair have put in a lot of hard work this year and have recently been rewarded with the confirmation they have passed the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Youth ‘C’ Licence.

After being awarded a coaching scholarship for the Mid West Academy of Sport Coaching Effectiveness Program the pair immediately took on the challenge of completing the FFA Youth ‘C’ Licence which is designed for coaches of talented players aged 9 – 17. To complete the course Riccardo and Selina were required to travel to Perth 7 times between January and April, complete a large amount of course work, and then video themselves coaching which was then assessed by Football West.

“We have learnt a lot about coaching which has helped us understand new ways to further develop the fundamental skills and strategies of young players.” Said Riccardo

“The most effective coaching tool we brought home from the course was the language and methods of communication. The language we learnt helps our players learn intrinsically which aids in making them solve problems on the field without relying on coach intervention.”

In addition to the FFA course Selina has also completed a Career Pathways Program through the Department of Sport and Recreation. This course also required some trips to Perth to complete professional development workshops, attend networking events, and do a presentation on a volunteer project she completed throughout the program.

“It has been a busy but rewarding year so far. I am excited to implement what I have learnt with the athletes here in the Mid West”

Riccardo and Selina are both coaching country week sides who will compete in the October school holidays. Riccardo has stepped up into the head coaching position for the under 15 boys for the first time while Selina is coaching the under 14 girls team.