Australia’s next generation of female coaches have received a boost this week with a Female Coaches Mentor Programme held in Canberra.
The coaches mentor program aims to increase the number of advanced accredited female coaches who possess the necessary knowledge and experience to coach at the highest level.
The six coaches taking part included three former national team players – Leah Blayney, Lauren Colthorpe and Heather Garriock – as well as Rae Dower (Canberra United W-League coach), Tanya Oxtoby (Perth Glory W-League assistant coach), and Melissa Andreatta (Brisbane Roar W-League assistant coach).
Football Federation Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission, determined key development areas for each individual, allowing each coach to gain a better understanding of their personality and behaviours and how that affects their engagement with others, as a coach and leader.
"We have about 87 advanced accredited coaches and we want to build on those numbers," said FFA Women's Football Development Manager and former Matildas forward Sarah Walsh.
"Although we have these coaches, are they ready to take the next step to a national team position?”
"That's the objective, to find a pool of players and give them the knowledge and experience that they might not have access to otherwise.”
The two-day course was held during a national team training camp as the Matildas continue to prepare for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada.