Marist Football Club is leading the way in providing a development pathway for young coaches and those parents who are keen to progress their coaching. It is a multi-faceted approach through:

  • Strong youth policy to encourage young adults to become involved in coaching
  • Structured coaching methodology from Year 3 to Year 12
  • Mentoring by experienced coaches in the club
  • A full calendar of workshops and presentations specifically for coaches held at the club by widely respected coaches and players
  • Subsidised accreditation
  • Easily accessible resources

Under the AFL Rules for Community Football, all coaches must register on the AFL Coaching platform each year. This process replaces the old Cert 1 in Coaching process. To sign in and complete the accreditation, please click here.

In 2020, the Club coaches will be supported by Matt Angus, Jordan Smith (Youth) and Josh Murphy (Juniors).

All coaches are bound by the following Code of Conduct:-

Coaches Code of Conduct

I understand that as an integral component of my accreditation, I must maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct in the best interests of the game and the players/staff in my care.

In representing myself in an honest manner, and without bringing the coaching profession or the Game into disrepute, I will endeavor to uphold the following to the best of my ability:

  • I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of my involvement in Australian Football, by refraining from any discriminatory practices including, but not limited to, discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnic background, special ability/disability or sexual orientation, preference or
  • I will abide by and teach the AFL Laws of the Game and the Rules of my Club and League/Association.
  • I will be reasonable in the demands I make on the time commitments of the players in my care, having due consideration for their health and well being.
  • I will be supportive at all times and I will refrain from any form of personal or physical abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in my care.
  • I will have due consideration for varying maturity and ability levels of my players when designing practice schedules, practice activities and involvement in
  • Where I am responsible for players in the 5-18-year-old age group, I will strive to ensure that all players gain equal playing time. I will avoid overplaying the talented players, aiming to maximise participation, learning and enjoyment for all players regardless of
  • I will stress and monitor safety
  • In recognising the significance of injury and sickness, I will seek and follow the physicians advice concerning the return of injured or ill players to
  • I will endeavour to keep informed regarding sound principles of coaching and skill development, and of factors relating to the welfare of my players.
  • I will at all times display and teach appropriate sporting behaviour, ensuring that players understand and practice fair
  • I will display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators.
  • I will ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill-learning and development are priorities and not overshadowed by a desire to win.
  • I reject the use of performance-enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the guidelines set for this in the AFL Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs

I agree to the following terms:

  • I agree to abide by the AFL Coaches Code of Conduct.
  • I acknowledge that the AFL, or a body affiliated with the AFL, may take disciplinary action against me if I breach the code of conduct. I understand that the AFL, or a body affiliated with the AFL, is required to implement a complaints-handling procedure in accordance with the principles of natural justice, in the event of an allegation against me.
  • I acknowledge that disciplinary action against me may include de-registration from the AFL National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.

Note: This Coaches Code of Conduct is to be signed and conformed to as part of the accreditation requirements of the AFL. Coaches should be aware that, in addition to this Code, they may be obliged to sign a further Code of Conduct/Ethics with their Club and/or League.


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Coaches Honour Board

2013 District Auskick Coach of the Year Grant Hankinson
2014 District Auskick Coach of the Year Matt Mazzuchelli
2016 District Junior Coach of the Year Simon Chesson
2016 District Youth Coach of the Year Craig Nitschke
2017 District Female Coach of the Year Amy Woods