Hi everyone,

it's Richard here (Mia's Dad). I'm very happy to let you know that I have been appointed as coach for the 2013 Knights Youth Girls team. I really enjoyed my involvement with the team this year as the runner and can't wait to start helping the team and every individual player to improve with their footy.


For those who aren't aware, here is a brief bio of my background so that you can feel confident of the approach and direction I will take with the team:


* Level 1 AFL coaching course & working with children accreditation

* Bachelor Applied Science (Physical Education) - graduated with Distinction and awarded Graduate of the Year by the industry association ACHPER

* Graduate Diploma Sports Science

* PT lecturer in 'Exercise Physiology' and 'Exercise Prescription' for Monash University Centre for Continuing Education (teaching TAFE students wishing to get Fitness Instructor qualifications)

* Coach St Kilda City Junior Football Club under 12 and under 14

* Runner St Kilda City Junior Football Club under 11 and under 13

* Played Under 11 to Under 19 with Ormond Blues and then Ormond Amateur Football Club (won best and fairest in under 19's while still playing 4 games for A Grade amateur senior team including the first semi final)

* Represented Victorian under 18 amateur team vs South Australia

* continued my love for football with a regular involvement over the past 15 years with a bunch of footy fanatics who simply train (never play a match) every Sunday, virtually all year round

 I have some clear ideas about where the team needs to improve for next year which nicely follow the club principles which are "Developing Skills, love of the game and lasting friendships". In short, the approach I will bring to the team is a focus on individual and team development around the areas of skills, fitness, team work/game plan in a fun environment where training is largely based on games/drills that improve your skills and fitness.

 Don't be put off, much of this is actually very simple to create real improvements as long as we all have the right focus. It does require each player to be prepared to put in some work but you will then get more out of it. The end result is that you should all enjoy your footy so much more and can then feel proud of your achievements.

 There are a number of appointments that still need to be made for the next season but I'm absolutely rapt to be able to advise that Steve (little Kate's dad who helped with the coaching in the finals) has agreed to take on the runner's role and also the pre match warm ups. This will be fantastic asset so that you are all switched on before the game and also to provide some 'on the field' advice/coaching during the game.

 To the players, you are all fantastic girls and you are all needed to come back for another season to help in our success so please come back and also bring friends who you know have some talent and can contribute to the team.

 To the parents, you are also all needed to help out and play some role so that we can provide the right environment for our fantastic girls to be their best so start thinking about where you can help out. Remember, we are all volunteers so the more helpers the more even spread of the load.

 I've started planning the program for next year and early in 2013 there will be a planning day/BBQ or perhaps even a camp at Philip Island at the Quinlivan's place. Training will also commence earlier than last year so we have a few weeks before the games start.

 I'm a big believer in data to measure progress so I'm keen to include some testing (basic skills/fitness similar to what they use at the AFL draft camps) that will show where you are at at the start of the season to compare with during the season.

Anyway, that's more than enough for now. In the meantime, it would help if the players made a start and just get some regular (3 times per week) running in around the streets or parks and also to get your hands on a footy to practice your skills.

Cheers and Go Knights!


0439 010 716


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