Sports stars set to power up Gippsland coaches

Collingwood's Sharni Layton will present a webinar focused on building positive relationships as part of the series.

Gippsland coaches of all codes can harness the power of positive coaching through a series of online workshops with some of the best in the business throughout August.

Collingwood AFL coach Nick Maxwell, Magpies netball and AFLW star Sharni Layton, Melbourne Victory technical director Drew Sherman and Melbourne Boomers WNBL coach Guy Molloy will lead webinars on various aspects of positive coaching methods and benefits.

Team culture and leadership, building positive relationships, planning for success and the competitive cycle will be explored through interactive online forums, delivered in partnership with GippSport and the Latrobe Valley Authority.

These sessions aim to build capacity among the region’s coaching cohort to better cater to athletes of all ages and abilities involved in active recreation.

This program has been developed as part of the LVA’s $85 million Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative and its partnerships with major sporting clubs.

Coaches can sign up for the below sessions – held every Wednesday at 7pm throughout August – online at

Positive coaching webinars:

  • 5 August – Team Culture and Leadership – Nick Maxwell, Collingwood AFL
  • 12 August – Building Positive Relationships – Sharni Layton Collingwood Netball / AFLW
  • 19 August – Planning for Success – Drew Sherman, Melbourne Victory
  • 26 August The Competitive Cycle – Guy Molloy, Melbourne Boomers

Quotes attributable to Nick Maxwell

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect with coaches and sports people around Gippsland. It’s an incredibly difficult time for sport at all levels, but especially community sport and grassroots clubs. I applaud GippSport for leading the way and getting people together in this format. Our ability to connect and use social media channels is going to be an important part of our future and I am very proud to be involved.”

Quotes attributable to LVA CEO Karen Cain

“The LVA is thrilled to continue working with our sporting partners to offer inclusive new opportunities for growth and development across our Gippsland sporting community.

Quotes attributable to GippSport Program Coordinator Ryan Evans

“Coaches are the backbone of community sport and, here in Gippsland, we are lucky to have so many people prepared to step into coaching roles at their respective clubs. GippSport is always looking for opportunities to upskill our local club coaches and other club volunteers, and these positive coaching webinars present the unique opportunity for local coaches to hear from professional coaches from the comfort of their own homes.”