Baker and Wilton Closing In On “A” Licences

Nov 30, 2017 by

Brisbane Strikers coaches Owen Baker and Paul Wilton are preparing to apply the enhanced knowledge and practical experience gained through their enrolment in an AFC “A” Licence coach education course in Canberra as preparations continue for the 2018 NPL Queensland season.

Baker, one of the Strikers’ senior coaches and Wilton, who will next year coach the club’s Under-14s, are the most recent beneficiaries of a club philosophy that recognises the far-reaching impacts that coaches have upon the physical, tactical and emotional development of footballers.

Both coaches spent a week in the national capital at a live-in practical course under the tutelage of Craig Midgly and Michael Cooper.

Baker said the week in Canberra had comprised of three days of strength and conditioning coaching, followed by four days of more football-specific work that proved both challenging and enjoyable.

“The main part of the football (component) was match analysis, where we were split into groups and had to analyse the Australian team in (this year’s) Confederations Cup games,” Baker said.

“And from there we had to deliver scouting reports to the other groups and, from that, design and deliver a session with the players that came in”.

“It was very enjoyable although lots of hard work, because you have to put a lot of time and effort into a professional scouting report. Some of it was really good for the scouting we do here for Strikers games. I enjoy that side of the game”.

Baker said that the experience of being put through their paces amongst a peer group from around the country had been one of the most memorable aspects of the course for he and Wilton.

“Obviously it’s a challenge delivering to players that you don’t know and to the coaches on the course,” Baker said.

“But it’s good because you eat, live and breathe football for seven days surrounded by some great people in the game and some great other coaches from interstate. It was great to meet them, so it was extremely enjoyable”.

The residential component of the “A” licence course delivered in Canberra followed extensive ‘pre-course’ work and will end with video sessions to be completed by each course participant back in their home club environments.

“It’s a full-on process and a costly process, but I think it’s worth it in the end because it gets you your “A” Licence ticket so you can hopefully get further in the game”, Baker said.

“I hope I can take what I’ve learned on the course and put it into practice on a week to week basis here with the sessions that I have to deliver for Strikers.”

CEO Bruce Dinsdale said the Brisbane Strikers were committed to providing development opportunities not just for players, but for coaches too.

“Quite simply the club believes in the better coaches equals better players viewpoint and fully supports the ongoing education of our coaches,” Dinsdale said.

“For several years we have financially supported attendance at advanced courses, seminars and workshops for our coaching staff and we will continue to do so.

“Coaches undoubtedly have a huge responsibility to provide a positive development and playing environment and we aim to provide every possible support we can in their coach education, personal development and through resources such as our high-performance unit and Academy program.”

“You would be hard pressed to find two more knowledgeable, conscientious and hard -working coaches than Paul and Owen. The Strikers and, I am certain the players and parents of players will back this up, are very pleased they are with this club.”

Photo: Paul Wilton (left) and Owen Baker in a rare quiet moment in Canberra

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