Thank you for volunteering to be a coach or manager for Seaforth FC. Listed below are some key messages and responsibilities that you must be aware of.
You must please …
Ensure that your most important objectives for each player are – to improve their skills, to make their season enjoyable and to foster their self-esteem. These are the criteria Seaforth FC will use to measure and value your success. Please ensure that you comply with the Seaforth FC Equal Game Time policy – everyone pays the same registration fee.
Of course a team should also have a competitive culture and aim to win, but remember; ultimately these children are just playing for enjoyment in a local community-based league. It’s not representative football and it’s not the A-League or the English Premier League. Put everything in perspective and don’t let an adult pre-occupation with winning detract from the positive experience they should have.
Ensure that you apply proper Duty of Care to all players at all times – before, during and after all training sessions and all games
Make sure that you understand all the relevant safety policies (including for lightning and hot weather) and how you should manage serious injuries and concussion
( all policies and guidelines are available to download on our website at “Media / Policies & Documents” – https://www.seaforthfc.com/docs.html )
Read the MWFA and Seaforth FC Codes of Conduct and ensure that you and all team players and supporters comply with the codes at all times
( these are available to download on our website at “Club Info / Conduct Codes” – https://www.seaforthfc.com/conduct.html )
Read the Seaforth FC Club Information Manual – to understand all club information, procedures and obligations… and especially, to know how to deal with wet weather.
( The manual is available to download on our website at “Club Info / SFC Info Manual” – https://www.seaforthfc.com/managermanual.html Our wet weather info is on our website at “Club Info / Wet Weather Info” – https://www.seaforthfc.com/weather.html )
Make the Club President or Club Secretary your first point of contact for any inquiries to do with send-offs, match protests or serious incidents
ensure all the team’s players, coaches and managers are registered and have an MWFA Id card – you must inform the club of any changes or if your team has a paid coach or trainer
understand the MWFA rules on borrowing players, performing identity checks and completing match cards
( refer to the MWFA website – “Library / Rules” and the Seaforth FC Club Information Manual )