#048 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Sean Douglas, E-Learning Development Manager at Oceania Football Confederation
Sean has a keen interest in helping coaches learn. He holds an AFC/FFA Pro Diploma, but also has a passion for continual learning, which has included a Masters of Coaching (University of Queensland), and training as a Master Coach Developer through the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Coach Developer Academy.
Sean has been involved in Coach Development for over 16 years, helping coaches / organisations in different countries and sports. He has a playing background at a professional and international level, and has coached at national level, and with various international age group teams. Despite this experience at a high level, he highlights working (early in his coaching career) as a full-time coach in a community club, coaching 12 sessions every week from U9’s to Seniors, as his best learning moments.
5 years Director of Football in NZ
2 Years Technical Director Football Victoria
7 years National Coach Educator Football Australia
Since July 2019 and current FIFA Technical Expert
Since Jan 2021 E-Learning Development Manager
55:30 min episode
02:58 Introducing Sean and some of his experiences in football as a player and then as a coach.
07:56 Sean talks about his background with a lot of free play and what lead him to do what he does today.
14:13 How has culture changed in sport and how what should coach education look like today?
25:43 What can we learn from Norway and Iceland and other leading countries? Are we listening to what kids want?
33:43 Key to growth is retention not recruitment.
37:33 Defining cultures from different countries to adapt coach training.
41:48 A second “Golden Generation”, a dream or possibility?
45:13 Sean describes hi version of “Sound of Music” in youth sport
49:43 Wrapping up with loyalty and how to connect with Sean