Senior Men’s Football Coach: Lower Plenty Football Netball Club

Published on Monday, August 9, 2021

Lower Plenty Football Netball Club is seeking applications for the role of senior men’s football coach.

Position Description: Head Coach – Senior Men

Reports To: Executive Committee through the Manager Football Operations (Men)

Fundamental Purpose of Position

The purpose of the Head Coach (HC) is to provide leadership, knowledge and support to steering the Lower Plenty Bears men’s team in the Northern Football and Netball League (NFNL) competition.

The HC must lead the appointed Reserves and Under 19 Men’s coaching staff of the Lower Plenty Football and Netball Club (LPFNC) in the preparation, development and performance of our Senior Men’s program.

The HC will lead the day-to-day coaching of players, supporting coaches and team support staff to successfully and proudly represent the LPFNC.

Specific Responsibilities of the Position

1.0. Planning and Evaluation
1.1. To implement, manage, maintain and continuously improve the LPFNC men’s team’s Game Plan and Style of Play.
1.2. To plan the preparation of and deliver a schedule for the NFNL season, including; player fitness, player strength and conditioning, team training sessions, player recovery, opposition scouting and other in support of related Club fundraising events.
1.3. To organise all team training sessions and arrange pre-season schedule and practice games.
1.4. To implement, manage, maintain and continuously improve team standards and team protocols in support of the attached LPFNC Core Values.

2.0. Assistance and Support

2.1. To be a Mentor for our playing group and coaching staff, and assist with their overall personal and professional growth and development on and off the field.
2.2. To ensure, through open lines of communication and monitoring, that all players are:
a. training under adequate and safe conditions;
b. complying with the terms of their signed Player Agreement with the LPFNC.

2.3. It is the HC’s responsibility to individually speak to each listed player regularly to provide feedback on what areas, and skill sets, the player needs to work on to improve their game.
2.4. The HC must oversee team medical, well-being, hydration and recovery needs for all selected players throughout the respective NFNL season’s commitment.

3.0. Communication

The HC is required;
3.1. To ensure that the Manager Football Operations (Men), is informed of all player and team matters in a timely manner.
3.2. To ensure strong relationships are developed and maintained with related LPFNC Executive and General Committee members.
3.3. To maintain clear and timely communication with selected team members and appointed team support and coaching staff.
3.4. To lead, mentor and support the appointed Assistant Coaches; to set goals and assist with their professional development.

4.0. Other Responsibilities

The HC is required:

4.1. To coach all fixtured games in a professional leadership manner.
4.2. To work with the Manager Football Operations (Men) to ensure a suitable budget is approved by the LPFNC Executive for the men’s team for the upcoming NFNL season.
4.3. To assist the LPFNC in the recruitment of, and retention of, a quality playing and coaching roster.
4.4. To oversee opposition scouting and game day preparations.
4.5. To complete all paperwork as required by the LPFNC and NFNL in a timely manner and uphold the conditions and rules prescribed.
4.6. To ensure LPFNC commercial partners and members are supported and recognised.
4.7. To always represent the LPFNC with the appropriate manner on and off the field.
4.8. To liaise with the Research Junior Football Club, our feeder Club, for consistency in coaching themes, style of play and coaching points of emphasis.
4.9. To adopt a personal culture of excellence and high standards that ensure the HC of the LPFNC is a well-respected role model for our community.

Key Skills and Behaviours necessary to fulfil the Position

1. Understanding of what is required to achieve success at senior football;
2. Ability to improve and add to the current athlete’s skill base;
3. Experience in staff supervision and people management;
4. Excellent organisation skills;
5. Well-developed oral and written presentation skills;
6. Ability to represent Australian Rules Football in a professional and respectable manner;
7. Excellent leadership ability;
8. Demonstrated outstanding football knowledge and coaching experience at an elite level;
9. Desire to develop and educate others;
10. Ability to communicate with all members of the City of Banyule community;

What This Role Must Not Do

• Stop leading;
• Stop planning for the future;
• Stop sharing knowledge gained;
• Stop learning latest trends and philosophies in the game of Australian Rules Football.

Selection Process

The HC is appointed after submitting an application to the Manager Football Operations in response to an advertisement being placed on the NFNL website. Successful short listed candidates will then be invited to an interview where the candidate will be required to present to the approved LPFNC Coaching Selection Panel.

At this Coaching Selection Panel interview the prospective HC is to identify their detailed plan for the upcoming season, including but not limited to; specific training programs, the recruiting process, the understanding of the LPFNC senior group and the proposed style of team play.


Appointment will be offered to the selected candidate at an agreed amount.

An annual appraisal of the position shall occur in the two (2) weeks immediately following the conclusion of the respective NFNL season and compliance with this position description shall be considered in detail.

Position Description prepared by: LPFNC Executive on 6 August 2021

Please forward expressions of interest to Peter Ford:

or call 0439 251 662 to discuss the role.

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