27/02/2007 - 22:00

Goals a vital part of Eagles' quest

27/02/2007 - 22:00


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In the first of a series of interviews with the state's leading sporting coaches, John Worsfold provides an insight into some of the strategies he uses to drive the West Coast Eagles' success.

Goals a vital part of Eagles' quest

Name: John Worsfold

Sporting club: West Coast Eagles

Time in role: Five years


WABN: Describe your preferred outdoor-based training session.

JW: Our players either train at a footy ground or fitness coach Stu Cormack takes them through a running program. I enjoy all our football training sessions out on the ground. According to Stu Cormack, each player has a specific, tailor-made training program, which changes throughout the year. However, the coach and five or six others regularly run an eight-kilometres route from Subi Oval through Kings Park and back.

WABN: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone who wants to motivate a team?

JW: Know your goal. Make sure the team knows what the goal is that they’re out to achieve and how they expect them to achieve it. It’s very hard to motivate someone who doesn’t know what they’re trying to do. Once they know what the goal is, they then have to commit to it. That’s the key to motivating them, sell it to them that it is going to be successful if they commit to it.

WABN: What has been the biggest mistake that you have made in your role as a coach and what did you learn from it?

JW: In a NAB Cup game in 2005 against Fremantle we might have snuck an extra player on for 20 seconds at the start of the third quarter before we realised. One player didn’t look at the board to see if he was off and he just assumed he was on, so we learnt that we’ve got to make sure all our players know where they’re going.

WABN: What other professional (e.g. physio, nutritionist, psychologist) do you most often seek advice from with respect to your team’s performance and why?

JW: Probably the physiotherapist regarding the workload a player can cope with and their availability due to their fitness and well being.

WABN: How do you manage off-field player conflicts?

JW: They’re all specific according to what happens. We manage them on a case-by-case basis. We use open communication with the people concerned.

WABN: What currently frustrates you about your sport and what would you do to change it?

JW: We have sell-out games every week and a lot of people who want to come to a game can’t get there, so we need a bigger stadium.

WABN: How important is it for players to develop skills outside of their sport? What do you do to encourage it?

JW: We think it’s extremely important. We make sure the players know when they’ve got time off during the week so they can plan their work or study or TAFE, whatever it is, around that. We try to have a set routine. We’ve got people here to assist them find things that suit them. We follow up and we see how they’re going. We take an interest in what they’re doing.

WABN: What activities help you relax?

JW: I enjoy going for a run, either on my own or with a friend or in a group.

WABN: What music do you listen to for motivation?

JW: I don’t listen to much music for motivation; I listen to the radio in the car.

WABN: Which sporting identity do you most admire and why?

JW: The Australian cricket team and the way they have dominated their sport for so long in both Test arena and one-day cricket. They appear to be a real team, where individuals still retain their own strength of character but all live to the team values as required.


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