“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.

Sam Kerr Football collaborates with PARK to create pathways

Sam Kerr Football and PARK

A flexible football program providing health and wellbeing sessions that are the foundations of developing young players, Sam Kerr Football, has collaborated with PARK, the official clothing and ball partner for all Sam Kerr Football Schools.

The collaboration involves two heart-led brands linking together to assist on delivering Sam’s mission of making kids fall in love with the game.

PARK will supply custom designed kits crafted from plants and recycled materials not only beneficial for players, but also good for the planet, with the high quality fabrication using seaweed for the moisture absorbing properties instead of a chemical process, making it more desirable for players as well as having a softer footprint.

Both brands are a firm believer that everyone from a walks of life has a right to play and the collaboration extends beyond apparel and balls, a representation of this fundamental belief.

There will be PARK funded scholarships offered every year to allow those players who do not have the means to practice with SKF and lend a hand to develop their skills to see them excel on the field and also in life.

Sam Kerr Football Marketing Manager Jonah Vraca said via press release:

“Our partnership with PARK offers an incredible opportunity to truly change the game, together we will pave the way for kids of all ages, genders and backgrounds to fall in love with football in a safe and fun environment.

“But our impact will be larger than just what we can do at Sam Kerr Football Schools, through PARK’s ‘Pass-a-ball’ project, the impact of Sam Kerr Football will be global.”

PARK Co-founder Sam Davy added via press release:

“We are thrilled to partner with Sam Kerr Football to provide their official kit and footballs, but it’s about so much more than equipment, it’s about two impact-focused businesses joining forces to change the world through the sport we love, football.”

For more information about PARK, click here.

Football West continues to raise mental health awareness through True Sport initiative

Football West mental health programs

Football West is engaging football clubs in the discussion of mental health and well-being by aligning with SportWest’s True Sport program.

The program offers sporting clubs and associations valuable resources to help tackle mental health problems amongst individuals in sport and build openness within sporting communities.

A crucial part of the resource offering is a critical incident eToolkit and response guide, that assists clubs in developing a plan for – and response to – an incident that could impact the mental health and well-being of the community.

Further resources include a directory of mental health organisations, factsheets, and posters, all of which are vital to tackling mental health issues safely and effectively.

True Sport has been popular with many sporting codes, which according to SportWest’s vision statement, ‘provides a cohesive, all-sport approach to align values, culture and practices of sport delivery across WA and enrich the sport experience for all participants.’

In addition to its mental health and well-being resources, True Sport provides resources for child safeguarding and side-line behaviour, with both recognised as key challenges for grassroots sport, and areas where sporting experiences can be improved and maximised.

Football clubs are often viewed as important spaces for individuals to let off steam and facilitate positive social interaction. However, many continue to struggle with mental health issues, and despite their participation in football, these issues often go unnoticed.

Football West is creating important awareness of this, in an effort to build support networks for individuals who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Late last year, it announced its own program, Kick off the Conversation, which will educate football clubs about mental health and well-being through engagement practices, resources, and the establishment of well-being champions, who will act as ports of call for players of individual clubs.

Football West believes the Kick Off the Conversation program will empower football clubs to make a recognised difference in the lives of individuals struggling with mental health issues.

Participating clubs that enter the program will be eligible for a share of $15,000 in cash prizes; a valuable incentive for any local football club.

With football expanding at extraordinary lengths, it is vital that it continues to develop in areas off the field, ensuring that the game grows in an organic, inclusive, and responsible manner.

For information on how to get involved in the Kick Off the Conversation program, you can visit the link here:

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