Treiner Chats- In conversation with…Aimee Phillips
The Treiner media team recently spoke to coach Aimee Phillips to get a lowdown on how she has been navigating the Covid-19 lockdown phase, and training under restrictions.
Posted 4 months ago
Following the roll-on effect of Covid-19 on football, players and coaches have had to rethink their approach to stay connected, stay active, and most importantly, stay motivated.
Aimee Phillips is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a forward for the New Zealand Football Ferns (NZ women's national football team) and Sydney Olympic. Aimee has also appeared in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League during her stint with Cardiff Met. Ladies F.C., and Germany as well as other countries professionally.
Here’s what she had to say…
ON KEEPING HERSELF MOTIVATED
It was difficult to keep myself motivated at first. But due to having been through many opportunities/challenges in the past, and overcoming the adversity, the ability to keep myself motivated is possible. After feeling sorry for myself and what was occurring to my situation, I took a step back, and bounded forward into ‘what can I do?’ and what an opportunity [it was] to try something new. The opportunity to try something new and exciting motivated me to embrace fear and learn to be a lot better to myself instead. I needed to upskill, and we all do constantly, for growth and improvement.
ON THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECTS OF COACHING UNDER RESTRICTIONS
Lack of facilities…I did a lot of research on what areas and conditions parks close to me had, in order to let my clients know. Social distancing whilst coaching is difficult. I love to be involved with my clients; and being at a distance can be difficult when you want to add real-life pressure and inspire athletes. However, being responsible and taking your role seriously overtakes this need.
ON SEEKING COVID-SPECIFIC SUPPORT FOR COACHING
The NSW Guidelines, and luckily the support from my club, in what they were doing – I used [these] and modelled to my clients. Football NSW is great for providing online training tips and visuals that are easy to understand, in order to equip yourself with Covid-specific rules and guidelines. THANK YOU!
ON REALISING THE IMPORTANCE OF DIGITAL MEDIA RESOURCES
The power of social media and football... You have a lot more resources these days in order to become a better player, there are not as many secrets. The ability to have a social media presence will be so important in the future and with our new generation of athletes.
MESSAGE TO FELLOW COACHES
Work together and connect. I understand how hard it is being a player and part of the football community. Being a coach is incredibly difficult financially. There needs to be stronger conditions for these positions, and at all levels, a better necessity of respect for grassroots coaches to professional levels.
ON THE SUPPORT SHE RECEIVED FROM TREINER
Always providing a base for clients and excellent marketing, the general guidelines make it accessible to understand what is expected for Treiner’s coaches. I am very excited to see how Treiner will evolve within the next 3-5 years.
As a professional player with 10 years of community coaching experience across various age groups, Aimee specialises in 1-on-1 training, video analysis, football conditioning, striker training and position-specific training.
She is also the “Head of Football” for Wagner and Woolf (a USA scholarship recruitment company, co-founded by Robert Wagner and ex-Newcastle Jets player Dylan Murphy), where she works with footballers and helps them secure football scholarships to the USA.
To learn more about Aimee or to book a session with her, click here. Aimee is seeking interest from players in the Sydney (Marrickville – inner west) area to run small group sessions this summer.
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