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AFL Premiership hero Provides Expertise for Regional CoachesThursday, May 26, 2022 - 1:12 PM - by Mark Readings

Brisbane Lions Premiership player Beau McDonald has provided his expertise to a development coaching session in Albany. 

The West Australian Football Commission coaching group put together a program to assist regional coaches in tactics, strategies and the development of teams and players. 

A series of workshops and drills were used during the session to educate senior and junior coaches in the Great Southern Football League and the Southern Districts Junior Football Association. 

McDonald, a dual Lions Premiership player, is the head of coaching at the WAFC. 

“The key element of the Albany trip was to see where these coaches are at and give them some advice and support. 

It’s important to engage and connect with people in regional areas, and as part of the session we also took some coaches through the level two course modules. 

It has been great to travel to Albany to help the coaching fraternity in the Great Southern area,” McDonald said.

Nearly 20 coaches were part of the session, which focussed on demonstrating drills and workshopping ideas. 

WAFC Metro North Coach Coordinator Tim Edmunds understands the importance of servicing the regions. 

“We have been up to the Pilbara, Mid West and now Albany in the Great Southern this season. 

It’s provided a great opportunity to upskill modified age coaches on effective training methods, plus build fun and engaging environments which keep the kids wanting to come back. 

That’s a major focus for us this season, not only in regional areas but also in the metro area,” Edmunds said.