A curated group,
facilitated by experts

The Australian Coach Symposium (ACS) is a new online series of action-based learning workshops that connect the country’s best coaches from different sporting codes to collaborate and unlock their fullest potential.

The inaugural symposium in 2020 featured an all-star line-up: Australian men’s team cricket coach Justin Langer, NBL coach Will Weaver (Sydney Kings), AFL coaches Ben Rutten and John Worsfold (Essendon FC) and NRL coaches Trent Robinson and Matt King (Sydney Roosters). It was facilitated by ACS founder Matt Wadewitz and former Adelaide Crows coach Don Pyke. 


ACS is an eight-week deep dive into the coaching mentality. It synthesises advancements in the field while empowering coaches to build resilience to handle the intense pressures of their career through the support and mentorship of peers who simply ‘get it’. 

The magic of ACS is the cross-sporting-code format of the group, which is handpicked so strictly only one team is represented from each code. This creates the unique trusting environment needed to fast-track collaboration and learning.  ACS members benefit from invaluable wisdom and insights from their peers. Facilitators survey the coaches’ players to gather authentic feedback that is used to customise each coach’s learning journey.

Coaches learn techniques to continue the practices of self-reflection and problem-solving for the rest of their lives. The benefits flow on to their players, their organisations and their loved ones. Conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams, the ACS fits into the schedules of sports’ busiest professionals. There are also opportunities for members to meet face to face, health guidelines allowing, including a conference planned for October 2021.


ACS was founded in 2020 by action-based learning trainer and lifelong sports fan Matt Wadewitz, who has observed more than 1000 educators and leaders, and has for the past five years been working closely with high-profile AFL coaches. 


Matt saw that elite-level coaches were missing an opportunity to discuss the big issues in their jobs with others who ‘walk in their shoes’ in a mutually supportive, non-competitive environment. 

With COVID-19 restrictions accelerating the shift to video conferencing, Matt recognised it was the perfect moment to launch ACS – an innovative way to deliver the evidence-based learning strategies he had long used and harness the collective brainpower of a group with decades of experience. 



“The opportunity to listen to guys as thoughtful and unselfish and generous with their trust ... is memorable to a degree that few things are. It’s been edifying and energising.”

Will Weaver
Sydney Kings, NBL


“A lot of people think they know what we’re going through, but they have no idea, so being able to share time with people who walk in our shoes has been gold.”

Justin Langer
Australian men’s cricket team


“Often you get into just completing tasks during the season, whereas this has made me think, This is what’s going to separate us as coaches above the rest. I want to add this sort of personal growth and introspection to my weekly practice as it’s hugely beneficial.”

Ben Rutten
Essendon FC, AFL

Join the ACS class of 2021

Register your interest to be part of the next Australian Coach Symposium (2021), which will be facilitated by trainer and educator Matt Wadewitz and AFL premiership-winning player and coach John Worsfold.



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