Despite the AFLW bringing about a footy revolution for women and girls, coaching remains a very visible imbalance at all footy matches across the country, with no female coaches at the national level, and even within our state, only 25% of VFLW coaches. In fact, at the launch Women’s Coaching month, the AFL report that women and girls make up only 6% of all AFL accredited coaches.
VFLW Assistant Coach
VFLW Line Coach
VFLW Line Coach
Darebin’s on-field leadership culture continues to be recognisable in AFLW competition leadership groups, and in coaching appointments of past players, such as Aasta O’Connor (AFL Women’s Academy) U19 All Australia Coach of the Year Mel Hickey (Vic Country), and Lauren Arnell (Brisbane Lions Academy).
When asked about coaches that inspired her, VFLW Line Coach Kate Tyndall names Darebin premiership coaches, Jane Lange and Peta Searle.
“Both Peta and Jane have incredible knowledge of the game and create an environment which allows people to want to be their best, and contribute to a team first philosophy. I particularly admire the positive culture they developed and maintained during their time at the Darebin Falcons.”
“Any time we get to work with the VFL team is always a favourite of mine. Being able to listen to and watch JC, Caddy, Tyndall and Roi coach is always amazing. Having Jess Dal Pos around the team this year has also been incredible. The way they communicate, have such a love of the game and sharing their knowledge, care for the players and the club is something I find really inspiring and want to do in my own coaching. They are all incredible women doing amazing things for the sport but also the club.”
My inspiration- definitely Aasta O’Connor, she’s taught me so much over the past couple of years. I admire the way she asked us to set goals for each session so we had something to aim for. Also how she has coached at high levels including with Vic Country and the AFLW Academy, which shows that there is opportunities for women wanting to coach at the higher levels.”
My coaching aim for this season was to help get the best out of each and every player, and help them become more confident in their own abilities on and off the field. We remind them that each player has an important role to play when part of a team. To focus on enjoying the process of football from skill development to fitness to game day strategies whilst remaining respectful and kind every step of the way.”
The club welcomes these innovative resources to encourage girls and women to coach available on the Coach AFL website here.