Registration for Coaches and Managers are now open through Play Football, the national registration system. Full instructions are available on the Player Registration page. Apart from the CDSFA standard Code of Conduct, Coaches & Team Managers will also have to read and agree to abide by the BDFC Child Safe Code of Conduct when registering.
If you are coaching or managing more than one team, you still only need to register ONCE for each role. You will be allocated to your teams by your relevant Age Coordinators.
The registration packages for Coaches & Team Managers will appear on the portal page with all the other age group packages, so please ensure you scroll down and find the correct package. If you enroll via a different link, both the Team Manager & Coach registration packages appear when you select the Coach role.
You must have a WWC number to register
Football NSW now requires all coaches and managers of players under the age of 18 to provide a Working With Children (WWC) number prior to your registration being accepted. This change in policy means even parents coaching/managing their own child’s team must have a WWC number.
You’ll need to include your WWC number when completing the ‘Play Football’ Coach/Manager registration process.
What do you need to do?
Applications for a WWC number are made online – start here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check. After applying, you will need to physically visit a Service NSW centre to complete a simple identity check process. It’s critical for Coaches and Managers to apply for their WWC number as early as possible to ensure your registration is finalised prior to the start of the season.
What will the club be doing?
To comply with both the WWC legislation and Football NSW’s child protection policy, Balmain DFC will verify your WWC number once it is entered into PlayFootball, prior to approving your registration as a Coach or Manager.
- It is mandatory for all Coaches and Managers to register in PlayFootball.
- Teams won’t be included in the CDSFA draw unless they have at least one registered Coach or Manager
- Junior teams will only be granted a training ground allocation when they have an approved, registered coach in PlayFootball.
This is an important change, designed to add increased protection for our children.
For more information on the Working With Children Check visit the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian