Coaching for the future

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Excitingly Mel Story – Coach U14 Boys 2018 has accepted an invitation to coach with both the Carlton 2019 U15 Next Generation Academy and U15 Matthew Kreuzer Squads.  It is a privilege and great opportunity for Mel and the boys to pursue a passion and desire to learn, lead and take their footy game to the next level. Well done to the players and our 'Cougars Team' that have assisted in our development thus far. We look forward to the developmental flow on effects within the team for 2019 in U15 Boys. 
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Football Development at the Cougars

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Six boys (26%) from the team the U14 2018 NJFC Team have been successful in receiving invitations to further their football development through training with the following squads.  Carlton U15 Next Generation Academy :Travis Abdule, Finn Andrew Frazer, Iggy Simm  Finn & Iggy were selected to play in a match between the Carlton and Essendon NGA teams held at Ikon Park on Sat Dec 1st. It was a great afternoon and good experience to try and match pace and defensive pressure with a very quick and hungry Essendon on a hot day. I had the privilege of coaching the team with Brett Potter and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Carlton Knights U15 Matthew Kreuzer Squad: Ben Little, Finn Andrew Frazer, Iggy Simm, Reg Dugan Oakleigh Chargers U15 Development Squad: Sully Everett Congratulations .
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Northcote Cougars – End of Year Catch Up Friday December 7th – from 6pm

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It has been a few months since we have all sat on the sidelines and watched the Cougars teams roar so we would like to invite our Cougars families & friends to our local Thornbury Bowls for a casual community gathering. This is not an exclusive NJFC event, however it's a great chance to catch up with locals, listen to some great music (with your kids) as we lead up to Christmas.  Rinkydink – Good Times..Community..Music, and the Thornbury Bowls Club are bringing some fun back to your Friday nights, celebrating local community and bringing people together.  For our final music night of 2018 we have secured Perch Creek (supported by The Girlatones), for this great community event. Friday 7th December: from 6PM : Thornbury Bowls Club : Discount Adults…
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Northcote Park Cougars – Seniors to rebound in 2019

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Northcote Park is making significant moves to ensure it bounces back quickly from an underwhelming 2018 campaign. After a Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 season heavily affected by injuries and unavailability to key players, particularly during the second part of the year, the Cougars have set themselves for a return to finals action in 2019. Among the key signings in the off-season is former Sydney Swans-listed ruckman Kyle Galloway. The 21-year-old is a former Vic Metro representative and has also spent time with VFL outfit Werribee TAC Cup side Murray Bushrangers. Northcote Park general manager Dennis McNiece said Galloway would help address the Cougars issues in the ruck. To read more on this story click the link  
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Invitation – International Junior Development Tour led by Kevin Sheedy

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We would like to extend an invitation to Northcote Junior Football Club players to take part in a once in a lifetime international Aussie Rules Development Tour to South Africa, led by Master Coach Kevin Sheedy!  The tour is open to individual players aged 13 to 16 years of age. The tour will feature games against South African Provincial sides and the chance to conduct Aussie Rules youth clinics to local children. Not only will players have the unique opportunity to play overseas and spread the game internationally, they will also have the chance to be coached and mentored by Kevin Sheedy. As well as overseeing training session and games, Kevin will mentor players passing on all of his experience gained over 929 AFL/VFL games. Parent and family are also more…
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New lights – Only days until voting deadline!

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Our application for new training lights on the back oval has progressed to the voting stage of the Victorian Government ‘Pick My Project’ grant scheme. If you haven’t voted yet please do so this week - Voting closes Monday 17 September. Anyone living locally and aged 16 years or over can register and vote for it as one of their three chosen projects, so get your friends, neighbours and family to vote as well: https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au
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Coaches for 2019

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The Northcote Junior Football Club is seeking coaches for the 2019 season. Existing coaches wanting to continue in the role and all those interested in coaching for the first time will need to complete and submit the application form below. NJFC supports all coaches to acquire necessary qualifications. Applications are now open and will close on Friday 21 September 2018. Below you will find a link to the online application form which needs to be completed in full.  https://goo.gl/forms/4kjdAXgoqw89gVXl1 NJFC will be in contact with you to arrange an interview time, with a view to filling youth level roles by mid October 2018 and junior level roles by early November 2018. Simon Negrelli NJFC Coaching Coordinator
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Social Events Group

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We now have 3 people for a Social Events group but we could still do with a couple more. This group is not part of the Committee, but will just be coordinating a number of social events during 2019. If you have a great idea for a social event for for Club families, players or parents please contact treasurer@njfc.com.au
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Annual Survey Findings

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A summary of the findings from the 2018 member survey is included below – the full report is will be available on our website  For the first time this year we also conducted feedback sessions with players, and the notes from these sessions are also provided. Annual Member Survey 2018 An online survey was distributed via a link on 17 July (after the school holidays), with members asked to complete it by the end of the home and away season on 29 July. A total of 78 surveys were returned, representing an overall participation rate of around 26% compared to 93 (31%) in 2017. The particularly low response rate from several teams means that the responses from these teams need to be cautiously interpreted. Compared to results from 2017: ·        …
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Recommendations

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The NJFC Committee has reviewed the survey findings and the player feedback and made the following recommendations for 2019: ·         Increase response rate of survey by more promotion on Club website, Facebook and newsletter, and by asking Team Managers to promote more amongst teams ·         Address communication issues by refining collection of preferred email address/es on registration form for pre-season communication ·         Develop a plan for more engaged training sessions, including a model to assist coaches with session planning, building consistency and enabling input from experienced coaches ·         Review canteen pricing and foods available before 2019 season and investigate what options members want ·         Investigate team specific issues ·         U14s still concerned about having enough players for a 2019 U15 team. NJFC is DEFINITELY planning on having an U15 team…
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A final thank you!

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A big thank you to the 2018 Committee – Kirsty, Mel and Katrina in particular. I think I can safely say it is a club first to have had an all-female executive this year and I have felt very supported by all of you and believe that we have worked really well as a team. The remainder of the committee - Aaron, Cathy, Simon, Geeks, Tom, Julian and Tim - have also worked hard for the benefit of the club and have always been there when I needed help. Many of our committee have also had coaching roles so their contributions are especially valued. Thank you also Vinnie and Matt M who weren’t able to continue on the Committee but made important contributions in other ways. Thank you also to…
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Coaches for 2019

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The Northcote Junior Football Club is seeking coaches for the 2019 season. Existing coaches wanting to continue in the role and all those interested in coaching for the first time will need to complete and submit the application form below. NJFC supports all coaches to acquire necessary qualifications. Applications are now open and will close on Friday 21 September 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/4kjdAXgoqw89gVXl1 NJFC will be in contact with you to arrange an interview time, with a view to filling youth level roles by mid October 2018 and junior level roles by early November 2018. Simon Negrelli NJFC Coaching Coordinator
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AGM

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Please come along to our AGM next week - Wednesday 12 September - where the committee to lead the club for the 2019 season will be elected. Formal notice of the AGM was sent out last week, along with nomination forms. A number of the current committee members have indicated they will stay on, but we will need a few new members and there are always other non-committee roles that we need help with.  The annual report will be presented at the AGM as well.
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New lights – YOUR HELP NEEDED!

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Our application for new training lights on the back oval has progressed to the voting stage of the Victorian Government ‘Pick My Project’ grant scheme. Anyone living locally and aged 16 years or over can register and vote for it as one of their three chosen projects, so get your friends, neighbours and family to vote: https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au If you can help with promotion through your local school or other community networks please contact president@njfc.com.au
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PREMIERS!! X 2

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Congratulations to U12 Gold and U16 Girls – both Grand Final winners on Sunday. Congratulations to all players! A big thank you to the Coaches, Team Managers and team officials who have worked hard with the teams over the season and are a big reason for their success. Thank you also to everyone else who came along to cheer on the Cougar teams.
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Milestone Games

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Congratulations to Callum McGeachan and Xavier Coghlan-Rennie from U12 Gold who celebrated their 50th games in a big way with the Grand Final win. A very special day!
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