THE AUSTRALIAN TRACK AND FIELD COACHES ASSOCIATION (ATFCA)
Founded in 1974, the ATFCA grew and was successful in outlining plans and activities to educate coaches to promote the sport of track and field. Funded initially by the Rothmans National Sport Foundation, this lasted for twenty years, until the Foundation closed its doors.
State Branches were set up and by early 1975 all but the Northern Territory had functioning bodies. NT joined the other states in 1982. From early numbers of 205 affiliated coaches, the membership has stabilised to a yearly figure of between 2,200 and 2,500. The first AGM was held at the Australian Championships in Adelaide in 1975 and this tradition is still operational today with an AGM held at this time every year. It is attended by coaches interested in the welfare, operations, and development of the Association along with two voting delegates from each branch.
The Association is governed by a Board of 4 Directors comprising a President, Director of Administration, Director of Finance, Strategic Director and the Executive Director. Three to four board meeting are held each year. The Association is an incorporated body and as such, is self funded.
The early accreditation system set up in 1975 was comprised of three levels and was used as a prototype by the Australian Coaching Council when it introduced the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme in 1980. In late 2018 the ATFCA accreditation framework was reinvigorated after an intensive review by the National body and branches recognising that the current system needed to acknowledge current trends and standards in education and the sport. Of note is that we have moved away from the numbering system of accreditation to one of a descriptive nature that appropriately describes the skill and knowledge acquired for each level of accreditation.
The main objectives of the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association are:
The Coach Education and Accreditation Framework (CEAF) (compared with the previous accreditation equivalent shown) is as follows:
|New ATFCA CEAF||Alignment to Previous Levels|
|LAA On Track Basic Motor Skills (non-accredited – see Note 1 below)||LAA On Track Basic Motors Skills|
|Introduction To Coaching – Assistant Coach (See Note 2 below)||LAA Introduction To Coaching (non-accredited).|
|Foundation Coach||ATFCA Level 1|
|Event Group Specific Coach||ATFCA Level 2; ATFCA Level 3.|
|Elite Performance Coach||ATFCA Level 4; IAAF Level 4|
|Master Coach||ATFCA Level 5|
Note 1: From ATFCA’s professional perspective, the LAA On Track Basic Motor Skills Course should be a non-accredited course as it provides only very basic skills and knowledge on coaching. Accordingly, it is not included in the ATFCA CEAF. However, coaches who have undergone these courses are encouraged to attend the LAA ITC course or the ATFCA Foundation Course as deemed appropriate.
Note 2: Membership of ATFCA is offered at a discounted price as coaches at this accreditation level have insufficient knowledge, skills and experience to coach independently (i.e. they are deemed to be an assistant coach under the guidance and mentorship of a higher level accredited coach) and are therefore not listed on the ATFCA coaching database.
Note also that accreditation is for four years. Being accredited means that you have been assessed as having the level of skills, knowledge and professionalism commensurate with the accreditation certification granted by ATFCA – a professional organisation with around 50 years of corporate experience in coaching. After every four years your current skills, knowledge and professionalism is reviewed, assessed and re-accredited to confirm that you have maintained these facets of coaching at the level of accreditation certification previously granted by ATFCA.
Benefits of ATFCA membership
There are many benefits of being a member of ATFCA, and these are shown below:
|Item #||Benefit Description||Annual Value|
|1||A coaching community environment within which coaches can freely exchange ideas.||Intrinsic Value only|
|2||Entitlement to have a say in how your organisation is run.||Intrinsic value only|
|3||Quarterly editions of the ATFCA Newsletter and Coaching Journal, which has replaced the previously published Modern Athlete and Coach and the ATFCA Quarterly Newsletter. See Note 3 below. (Value is based on IAAF Journal)||$80.00|
|4||Accredited Coach. Access to coach education courses and accreditation by a coach education organisation, recognised internationally as being at the forefront of coach education in the world.||Demonstrable international standard attained in coaching knowledge, skills and experience|
|5||Re-accreditation: A system of monitoring and review of coaches’ professional accreditation levels that ensures each coach remains current, and continues to deliver the quality of coaching commensurate with their accreditation level attained.||Demonstration that the coach is maintaining their attained international standard in coaching knowledge, skills and experience|
|6||Members will receive a discount to the cost of ATFCA courses – i.e., they will not be charged the ATFCA course licence fee.||$10.00|
|7||Members will receive a discount to the cost of attending ATFCA Workshops – i.e. they will not be charged the IP component of the fee, as a minimum.||$10.00|
|8||Some State Branches may offer financial assistance to selected member coaches to attend National Championship events. (Note this benefit has not been costed as (1) it only goes to a select number of coaches, and (2) the benefit provided depends on the costs incurred.||See Note 4 below this table|
|9||ATFCA will offer mentoring services from appropriately qualified coaches on request or as required for the higher level ATFCA courses.||Intrinsic value|
|10||Members will be able to purchase ATFCA apparel and coaching publications at a discounted price. (Benefit accrued depends on value spent.)||Est. average $20.00 p.a.|
|11||Members will be able to access additional resource material, including previous editions of Modern Athlete and Coach and the AFCA Newsletter and Coaching Journal, on the ATFCA website through an allocated password.||Est. average value $30.00 p.a.|
|12||Insurance cover for all coaches, including specific insurance for those delivering coach education courses or coach development workshops, and international coaches. (Value based on the equivalent cover provided by Fitness Australia, as quoted by that organisation.)||$140.00|
|13||Promulgation of their name, contact details, accreditation level (per event discipline, and events they coach, on the Find an Accredited Coach Database. (Intrinsic value only – but creates opportunity to derive income from such exposure.)||Intrinsic opportunity value|
|Total Extrinsic Value||$290.00|
Note 3: The ATFCA Newsletter and Coaching Journal, amongst other things, contain unique and original articles that have been written specifically for ATFCA by leading Australian and international coaches.
Note 4: The total value stated above excludes the benefit of financial assistance that may be provided by ATFCA State Branches to selected coaches for attending National Championship events.
So even without the discounted and intrinsic benefits, the value of the insurance and the ATFCA Journal amounts to some $220.00 – almost $100.00 in excess of the annual fee paid.
ATFCA continues to offer a ‘personable’ approach – should you contact the association, I will always endeavour to do whatever I can to help. If I am unable to help I will make enquiries to get some information on the request.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Glynis Nunn OAM Executive Director
Board of Management
Vice President & Director for Finance
Director for Education, Marketing and Administration
Director for High Performance and Strategic Planning
PO Box 126, TAMBORINE QLD 4270
Telephone: 07 5543 8546
ATFCA’s head office is located at: 57-73 Sundown Court, TAMBORINE QLD 4270
PO Box 126
Tamborine. QLD 4270
Executive Director: Glynis Nunn
Coaching Journal Editorial Board: Peter Lawler, Glynis Nunn
New South Wales
For further information contact:
Ph: 0412 143 977
For further information about courses in rural NSW please contact:
Yvonne Puller / David Puller
Phone: 02 4975 4584
Australian Capital Territory
Details from: Dennis Goodwin
Phone: 0412 518 980
Details from: Noel McBride
Phone: 0419 021 366
Details from: Kathy Blute
Phone: 0416 214 439
Victoria / Tasmania
Details from: John Crane
Phone: 0421 951 811
Details from: Anne Masters.
Phone: 0407 470 949