Gary Cole the new President of Football Coaches Australia

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Following the Football Coaches Australia (FCA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2023, Gary Cole has been appointed as FCA’s new President.

He will takeover from outgoing President Phil Moss – who along with Chief Executive Officer Glenn Warry – have decided to step down due to family and work commitments as FCA enters a new era.

Cole has dedicated just over four years of work to FCA, as he was part of the Executive Committee prior to accepting the President role. He also hosted The Football Coaching Life Podcast – opening up those conversations with key coaches in the men’s and women’s game.

Cole will continue to empower coaches and be at the heart of initiatives to promote the best interests of coaching.

Speaking to Soccerscene after his appointment, Cole is sad to see two FCA stalwarts departing, but is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m honoured to have this opportunity as FCA has done a great job of representing coaches for almost seven years now,” he said.

“It’s sad as well with Phil and Glenn moving on, as it leaves two big holes to fill – they’ve served thousands of hours between them to the organisation, which has achieved great things with them at the helm.

“It’s important for us with the new executive committee that we pull this together and move forward in the right direction because that is what Australia’s coaches deserve – I’m excited but also challenged by the opportunity to grow further.”

While the role is significant for Cole, he believes that not much will change and will remain consistent with getting the best out of coaches.

“Just because I step in the chair, it doesn’t mean we change what our strategy is with the four pillars,” he said.

“Our job is to advocate for coaches both here and overseas and make sure they have the respect they deserve.

“Professional development is a key part of what we do – for example The Football Coaching Life podcast was born out of Covid as games and coach education stopped. FCA stepped up to the plate and ran over 100 coach development workshops online because it wasn’t happening anywhere else.

“We also need to continue helping coaches get their licence and keep those qualifications up to date.”

During the Women’s Football Coaching Summit in July 2023, a theme on the day was how coaches must be supported for the ups and downs, something that Cole and FCA will continue to focus on.

“Mental and physical wellbeing of coaches is also another crucial part of what we do. There are stresses in sport that not only impact players, but coaches too in day-to-day life,” he said.

“Even though we are seven years old, we’re a new and growing organisation that needs to be there for coaches and listen to them. FCA is for coaches, by coaches.

“Whether that be building those working relationships or mentoring, I see this Presidency role as one that can lead the way.”

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Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

Sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/martyn-buckie-benefits-of-micro-coaching-sessions-tickets-940768212047?aff=oddtdtcreator

Football Australia bolsters leadership with key new appointments

Football Australia has confirmed the appointments of Briana Harvey as General Manager of the Women’s National Teams and David Mason for the role of General Manager of the Men’s National Teams.

These strategic appointments are part of Football Australia’s ongoing efforts to strengthen and enhance the leadership and management of its national teams, ensuring both the women’s and men’s programs benefit from experienced and dedicated leadership.

Harvey has an extensive background in sports management, having held key roles at prominent organizations such as Hockey Victoria, the Australian Football League, Hawthorn Football Club, and, most recently, at the GWS GIANTS Football Club. Her diverse experience across these major sporting bodies highlights her expertise and leadership capabilities in the field.

Mason’s deep involvement with Australian football stretches back to 1998. Throughout his career, he has held numerous management positions in media and communications, football operations, and club administration at Northern Spirit, Parramatta Power, Sydney FC, and Football Australia.

His extensive experience across these diverse roles has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the sport’s landscape, making him a valuable asset in his new role.

For the last seven years, Mason has served as CEO of Manly Warringah Football Association and Manly United FC, one of Australia’s largest football associations. Returning to Football Australia, Mason brings with him a vast reservoir of knowledge in local, regional, and global football.

His experience is complemented by a deep familiarity with Australia’s National Football Teams, positioning him to make significant contributions in his new role.

Beginning on August 12, both Harvey and Mason will take charge of the strategic, operational, and administrative aspects of Football Australia’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Their responsibilities will include planning and managing budgets, as well as coordinating overall annual match schedules.

In their roles, they will ensure that all logistical and operational needs are met, driving the success and efficiency of the national teams’ programs.

Their leadership will be pivotal in shaping the future of Australian football on both the national and international stages.

Head of National Teams Gary Moretti expressed his excitement of the designation via press release.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of both Briana and David who as individuals and collectively bring a wealth of industry knowledge to Football Australia,” he said.

“Briana has a strong corporate pedigree with extensive experience within elite level sport. Her background and passion for women’s sport will be an invaluable asset to our National Teams both now and in the future.

“David is a football person and has contributed to the sport at all levels for almost three decades. In addition to his strong football acumen, David brings significant business and operational experience from his highly successful tenure as a CEO within the football industry.

“Along with Andrew McKenzie (General Manager – High Performance), the appointments of Briana and David will strengthen the management and future prospects of our National Teams as we look to create an elite performance and operational environment featuring a world’s best-practice focus.”

CEO of Football Australia James Johnson added how their experience and wealth of knowledge will ensure operation excellence via press release.

“The appointments of Briana and David are strategic moves that align with our vision to enhance the performance and success of our National Teams. Their combined experience and leadership will play a crucial role in ensuring operational excellence, so we remain competitive on the global stage and continue to inspire the next generation of football talent in Australia.”

Football Australia – National Teams Senior Management

Head of National Teams: Gary Moretti
General Manager – Women’s National Teams: Briana Harvey (commencing 12 August)
General Manager – Men’s National Teams: David Mason (commencing 12 August)
General Manager – High Performance: Andrew McKenzie (commenced 10 July)
General Manager – Football Analysis, Data and Insights (to be appointed)

The creation of four new leadership positions within the National Teams underscores Football Australia’s commitment and investment in its Senior and Youth National Teams, as outlined in the XI Principles for the future of Australian Football. Every position plays a critical role in advancing, overseeing, and ensuring the sustained success of all High Performance and National Team programs and initiatives.

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