The first KARI Foundation Indigenous Elite Coaching Conference delivered the opportunity for twenty Indigenous coaches to learn and grow from some of the National Rugby League’s best coaches and managers. Supported by the NRL, this conference was initiated to provide a pathway into the NRL for aspiring Indigenous coaches.
The 3-day conference offered our aspiring coaches the opportunity to attend topical sessions and workshops on various aspects of the game. These sessions consisted of:
- Attacking Play
- Defensive Play
- Team Culture
- Review and Video Analysis
- Warm Up and Recovery
- Coaching the X-Factor
- Running and Effective Training Session
- Coaching Philosophy and;
- Relationship Management
The presenters for each of these sessions included:
- Matt King (former Rugby League player)
- Michael “Madge” Maguire (current Wests Tigers Head Coach)
- Matt Cameron (High Performance Coach, Penrith Panthers)
- Troy Thomson (Elite Performance Manager, Australian Kangaroos)
- Neil Henry (former Gold Coast Titans Head Coach)
- Jamie Feeney (Elite Female Pathways Manager, NRL)
- Wayne Pearce (former Rugby League Player and Coach)
- Casey Ralph (KARI CEO)
The first day consisted of 3 sessions being held at the National Rugby League headquarters in Moore Park. Upon arrival the coaches were given a tour of the NRL Museum.The Museum showcases the impressive history of the NRL as well as its players and coaches.
The conference then moved on to Sydney Olympic Park for the remaining two days. Some exciting ideas and a commitment to inspire change was also achieved over the 3-day conference.
“KARI Foundation is looking forward to continually improving and growing the Indigenous Coaching Conference in the coming years,”
said KARI CEO Casey Ralph.
KARI Foundation is looking forward to continually improving and growing the Indigenous Coaching Conference in the coming years.