‘THANK you, Basketball Victoria, I loved being a part of something I know we all believe is important, helping female coaches develop their knowledge, skill and confidence.”
With those words Kristen Veal gave a big ‘thumbs up’ to the first BV Female Only Coaches Clinic, conducted at the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday.
Head Coach of the Women’s Program at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, Kristen was one of four on court presenters and delivered some key messages to the 55 female coaches present.
“This is no doubt an inspiring contribution by Basketball Victoria given that over 50 coaches engaged in the opportunity – more at one event then I’ve ever seen.” Kristen concluded.
Basketball Victoria Country Manager David Huxtable said. “We have conducted a lot of research in the area of female coach development and female participation and in this State, the women in our sport are putting their hand up for opportunities such as Saturday and learn in a suitable environment.”
The female coaches came from all over Victoria and were captivated by the oncourt presenters. Claudia Brassard, Townsville Fire, Head Coach started the sessions, followed by Bendigo Spirit Head Coach, Simon Pritchard, Kristen Veal was on court next and Phil Shelley, Managing Director of Basketball Education delivered key instruction on developing athletes shooting ability.
A Basketball Victoria Guest Panel rounded out the day, where the female coaches heard from, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, former Australian Cricket Player and more recently Head Coach of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and Eliza Keaney, High Performance Analyst from the Geelong Football Club.
“It is important that we continue to develop female coaches at all levels of our sport and encourage their participation in our pathway.” David said. “We have had and do have some great female coaches in this country, with the likes of Jan Stirling, Carrie Graf, Cheryl Chambers, Larissa Anderson and one of the presenters at today’s historic coaches clinic, Claudia Brassard.”
Early this year, Basketball Victoria Country specifically released 11 objectives around female coach development and Country Victoria is leading the charge in this area, completing a number of actions this year
For example, all Coaches who were active and on the floor teaching at the 2017 Skills Days received a Community Coach Accreditation Certificate.
From the female coach survey, coaches told BVC that to volunteer for the programs and then also attend basic accreditation courses was too much. The basic accreditation can now be obtained on the one day whilst volunteering.
Minimum accreditation for coaches attending the BVC Country Championships.
As part of the overall Coach Development Project, the VC Commission has also endorsed the minimum accreditation that will be required to coach at the BVC Country Championships. As from the 1 January 2019, individuals intending to coach at the BVC Country Championships will be required to have obtained a Club Coach accreditation (Level 1).
BV’s Coach Development Officer, Rob Coulter is working with BVC Basketball Development Officers to put a plan in place across Country Victoria that will deliver numerous Community and Club Coach Accreditation Courses.
The Coach Development and Education Project will be supported by BVC and will also see BVC working with associations to set targets for female coach applications to Squad/Representative Teams, work with associations to provide accredited female coaches to mentor/buddy (1:1) unaccredited female coaches and look to associations to create case studies and promote success stories.
As part of this year’s Basketball Jamboree, BVC conducted video interviews of the 7 female coaches appointed to teams.
“We were specifically looking at their pathway and thoughts on coaching. Also looking at their aspirations for coaching and tracking their involvement in basketball.’ David said. “We will revisit these coaches in a years time and re interview and discuss what they have learnt over the 12 months.”
Resources from the clinics will be made available to all coaches in the coming weeks.