“If you don’t stick to your morals and values then why are you doing the job?”: Aurelio Vidmar speaks with Gary Cole

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Season 3, Episode 8 of The Football Coaching Life Podcast sees Gary Cole chatting to Aurelio Vidmar, who has recently returned to Australia from coaching at BG Panthum United in Thailand League One.

Aurelio’s remarkable 500-plus game professional career saw the defender play in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan, before finishing his time back in Australia. Over 260 games were with Adelaide City in the National Soccer League. And of course, he was a member of the ‘Golden Generation’ playing 44 times for the Socceroos.

Viddy, as he’s affectionately known, began his coaching journey in Australia with Adelaide United as assistant to John Kosmina, before taking on the head coach role and finishing runners up in both the A-League Men’s and the Asian Champions League in 2008 and 2009.

Aurelio then became assistant coach of the Socceroos and head coach of the Olyroos from 2010-2016, was U20 head coach in 2012 and had a short stint as caretaker Socceroos coach in 2013.

He moved off the grass into the office in a Director of Football role at Adelaide United, but realised he needed to be teaching, coaching and leading on the grass again and headed into Asia to work at Bangkok Glass in Thailand, then Lion City Sailors in Singapore before heading back to Thailand with BG Pathum United.

This is a wonderfully open and honest conversation. Aurelio has so much wisdom which he shares eloquently.

Aurelio’s ‘One Piece of Wisdom’ was: ‘Be true to yourself and don’t waiver. If you start wavering and it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that, I don’t think that’s sustainable. So, whatever your beliefs and philosophies are, stick to them and don’t be someone you’re not.’

Enjoy this journey into Aurelio Vidmar’s Football Coaching Life.

Football Coaches Australia to host webinar with Dr Ron Smith

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) has confirmed details of their next webinar, to be held on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Dr Ron Smith will deliver an online session to share insights for players in a complex football environment, dubbed ‘keep it simple’.

The session itself will be broken down into two parts, as Dr Ron Smith will outline what he thinks a coach can do to help players improve their performance and understanding.

Firstly, the focus will be on what players can do with and without the ball when the team is in possession. The second part of the session will see Dr Ron Smith explain why certain behaviours are better than others and why they will always be present.

Another important aspect will be how the language used to communicate with players can be more effective; by keeping it simple and easy to understand.

This event is free for FCA members, while all participants will qualify for one hour of CPD which links with Football Australia

The date and duration of the webinar is for Monday, June 10 at 7.30PM – 9PM AEST.

To register, you can do so by following the link here.

AIA Australia CEO Damien Mu on Tottenham’s visit to Melbourne and Ange Postecoglou impact

Before Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United’s pre-season friendly match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, football codes came together on the day to test their skills in a first-ever junior clinic.

Hosted at Collingwood Football Club’s training facility of AIA Vitality Centre, the Aussie Rules AFL team was joined by the visiting Spurs.

Across two sporting codes, a common denominator is that AIA proudly supports both and through the affiliation, combined for a once in a lifetime coaching clinic.

Tottenham and Collingwood players were in attendance, along with AIA Ambassador and former Hawthorn premiership player Shane Crawford.

Junior soccer and AFL club players were treated to a memorable day of fun and skills training, aimed at promoting AIA’s vision of communities living happier and healthier lives. This included specialised drills, authentic coaching and a Q&A session for all kids to learn and benefit from.

AIA is a long-time partner of Tottenham, while their recent front-of-shirt deal with Melbourne Victory further emphasised their support for Australian football.

A day of fun at Collingwood FC’s AIA Centre.

Speaking to Soccerscene, AIA Australia CEO Damien Mu reflected on a hugely successful day for participants.

“The AIA junior clinic was fantastic, it was all about giving an opportunity for kids to get active and participate in training with Tottenham and Collingwood coaches,” he said.

“We thought it was a rare opportunity and fantastic way to really promote active participation in sport.

“At AIA, we encourage people to live happier, longer, and better lives and being active is one of those – with other important choices such as what you eat and looking after your mental wellbeing.

“We’ve sponsored Tottenham since 2013 and the fact they’re out here with Ange taking over was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”

“We also sponsor Collingwood and most recently Melbourne Victory, so we thought what a great way to get the three clubs together and Collingwood were fantastic in hosting at the AIA Vitality Centre and getting behind it, with all three teams giving back to the community.”

It was a momentous occasion for Victorian fans, as Ange Postecoglou has completed his first full season at the Spurs.

Mu shared what the excitement was like on the day.

“Undoubtably, having Ange had a huge impact,” he said.

“We’ve been fortunate to have Tottenham come out a few times – in Sydney and then Perth last year – it’s always a massive buzz and gives such a good lift to football.

“With Ange now there, it’s given that a super boost and the energy that’s around him, along with having two EPL teams in town, which is why just over 78,000 people went to the MCG on a weeknight.

“All of this is a great way to get kids attached to the game and have active participation post-World Cup, rather than being stuck on smart devices.”

Crawford (far right) chatting with Tottenham representatives.

Melbourne Victory, who were preparing for the A-League Men’s Grand Final against Central Coast Mariners, were backed by AIA as a Finals Series sponsor.

Mu described what he and AIA saw in Victory leading up to the deal being struck.

“Melbourne Victory have had a great season, been long-standing as one of the original clubs in the A-League and a cornerstone of the league from the start,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity that arose given our affiliation with football globally through Tottenham.

“We had ongoing conversations with Victory about how we can partner up, and it seemed like a great way to support them at a time when they were seeking that support going into the finals.

“They’re a great club – it really is about family, community and business coming together. Even Ange touched on the community feel, all the way back in his South Melbourne days.

“We definitely love the community aspect of what Victory are trying to do and how they like to get out there and promote the game as well.”

Reflecting on the community theme, Mu added what he sees in collaborating with sporting organisations.

“When we think partnerships, we want them to be purposeful,” he said.

“It’s great to be on the shirt, but it’s more about what we do with clubs in relation to health and wellbeing.

“Our sporting clubs are great because it provides genuine role models to cheer on within family and friends.

“It allows us to get really meaningful health and wellbeing content from the players and coaches that we know fans and members absolutely love, rather than a company with three letters on it telling you what we do.”

Collingwood FC’s Will Hoskin-Elliott (left) with Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.

From a long-term perspective, AIA are hoping to maintain their presence in Asia and Oceania.

Mu shared the overall success of the junior clinic where we can expect more to come.

“We’re really lucky with the partnership through Tottenham where there’s coaching clinics right across the markets we operate in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“The clinics are really important as they get out to schools and the clubs, especially at grassroots level.

“When the whole team comes into town, you get a boost, but this is something we’ve been doing for a while and part of the collaboration with Tottenham where we are proud to do these clinics in Australia and New Zealand.”

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