Coaching Pathway

Coaching players young or old can be one of the most rewarding roles that a person takes in their lifetime. To watch a young player try something that you have shown them, coupled with the smile on their face when it works, is priceless. The feeling you get when your team wins a big game or a league title is something that others do not understand unless they have coached. There are many lows as there are highs, but the lows always fade with memory while the highs are never forgotten.

Our football club is about our coaches as much as it is about our players! Without our fantastic volunteer and paid coaches our club simply would not be here. Join our coaching family and start your coaching journey with Virginia United Football Club.

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Volunteer or Advanced coaching?

Virginia United FC has over eighty five teams at the club from U6 to Over 45's. This large amount of teams enables us to cater for most coaching interests. Individuals interested in coaching at our club have the opportunity to work with a number of different age categories and abilities. We provide opportunities for coaches who may just be starting out or a pathway for those with lots of experience still looking to advance their coaching abilities.

Coaching as a volunteer?

If you have an interest in coaching but no real experience then our volunteer positions are a great place to start your coaching journey. The club have volunteer coaching positions available at the start of each season across a number of teams from U6 to Over 45.

The club provide coaches with access to a basic coaching handbook and online material which gives new coaches a great insight into preparing and delivering coaching sessions for your designated team. All teams are appointed a team manager which allows our coaches to focus on their role as the coach. 

Virginia United FC believe in educating all of our coaches as this helps provide a greater learning environment for our players. The club asks that all coaches take part in at least the basic grass roots Football Queensland coaching course before or during their first season as a coach. The courses are held at VUFC and the cost of the course is covered by our club. These courses are fantastic for new coaches looking for basic coaching skills and techniques.

VUFC are keen to support our volunteer coaches who are interested in further developing their skills, Football Queensland provide age specific courses which are fantastic for coaches looking to develop their ability. The Skill Acquisition Certificate and Game Training Certificate provide further coaching techniques to hep the development of players. Any coaches who complete these courses will have the fees reimbursed by the club.
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Advanced Coaching

"If the coach stops learning and developing then eventually so will the players under their guidance"

Virginia United FC have a number of advanced coaching positions at the club in juniors, youth and seniors. The club is always looking for talented, enthusiastic modern coaches to join our team of advanced coaches. Our advanced coaches are the driving force of our well renowned junior development program at VUFC.

Coach Development

As a club we believe coaching development is as important as player development. We look to support and guide our coaches to allow them to develop their understanding and skills as an educator to players. The club supports coach development through:

  • Financially support in gaining further coaching qualifications.
  • Coach development meetings and sessions once a month.
  • Individual coach development evaluations and goal setting.
  • Coach development experiences throughout the year
  • Extra coach education opportunities outside the current main stream education pathway

Advanced positions at the club include; Squirts program head coaches, Ball Mastery program head coaches, High performance centre head coaches, Soccer camp head and assistant coaches, Talent Support program head and assistant coaches, Junior Academy program head and assistant coaches, Youth Academy head and assistant coaches, 1st and Reserve BWPL Women's head and assistant coaches and 1st and Reserve Men's head and assistant coaches.


Coaching Profile: Matt Graham

Coach Matt Graham started his coaching journey at Virginia United FC as a volunteer coach back in 2014. Matt's love for the game stems back to his playing days where he was able to play at a number of high level clubs. His first coaching position at our club was with a U6 team, Matt quickly showed his ability to communicate clearly and provide players with an enjoyable learning environment to grow a love for the game. Matt was then identified as one of our coaches who would greatly benefit from coaching development support.

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After attending a number of the community coaching licences Matt was then given the role as our U8 Development Program coach, working with identified players looking to move into our Academy Program. Excelling in this role Matt was then supported by the club and placed on his FFA Asia C Licence. Matt was then given a role as a Head Coach in our Academy Program where he has been helping develop our talented U8 to U12 players for the past 3 years. 

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in joining our coaching team as a volunteer or advanced coach please use the link below

If you have any questions feel free to contact our Academy & Development Director, Dan Medhurst via email at:
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