Football Brisbane’s Zone Development Officer, Martin Docherty, continues to deliver in the grassroots coach education space through Football Brisbane’s Browns Plains Mazda Football FUNdamentals program.
Up to 8 October 2020, a total number of 110 courses had been conducted with almost 1200 coaches having participated during the 2020 calendar year. Since the program’s inception in 2018, approximately 300 courses in total have been run in Brisbane.
While the primary target of Martin’s courses is aimed at resourcing and educating those mums and dads that have put their hand up to help out coach their child’s Mini-Roos team, other target areas have included courses for female coaches or those coaching female football as well as a goalkeeping course conducted in conjunction with head goalkeeper coach of the Brisbane Roar Academy, Dean May that took place at Logan Football Complex on 26-27 September.
Courses have also been delivered to external organisations such as Special Olympics Logan, Kimberley College, Aspley State High, Villanova College and Cavendish Road, further demonstrating Football Brisbane’s role in the wider community.
Martin has also been engaged by Football Queensland to assist in the delivery of a C Licence course through February and March. He has also been instrumental in leading the organisation of a C Licence aimed at community coaches that will take place at Samford starting this weekend.
General Manager, Rafe Griffin saying, “Martin’s enthusiasm is infectious and the feedback we receive from participants on his courses is overwhelmingly positive. We thank our clubs who have seen this as a valuable investment back into the game so that we can provide better coaching experiences for kids with the end aim of keeping more players in the sport.
It’s also encouraging to see the mentoring role Martin has taken on with other coaches in the community to assist them in also becoming accredited to provide similar education and courses while also assisting them in their development as coaches.”
Martin Docherty, Football Brisbane Zone Development Officer summed it up, “Giving those parents who volunteer to coach a team the resources they need from week to week is one of the most satisfying parts of my job. Seeing them so actively engaged in our courses, willing to learn and then implementing the concepts they’ve learned at training sessions and then on match day really brings home the value we are adding through the program.”
Sadly for Football Brisbane, Martin has decided to pursue another opportunity in club football with his last day being Friday 23 October. On behalf of Football Brisbane and the entire Brisbane football community, we wish him all the best in his new role.
Football Brisbane also thanks Browns Plains Mazda for their support to Football Brisbane in this vital area.
For further information about the Browns Plains Mazda Football FUNdamentals program, refer HERE