Updated: Oct 25
We are pleased to continue introducing you to our 2021 coaches, with the announcement that our Premier Reserves team will be led by Chris Spindler, with assistant coach Alistair Hardie. Read on to get to know them...
Chris has coached junior teams for 6 years at Airport West Football Club in the EDFL competition, with one year as Junior Vice President of the club. His last couple of years were particularly successful: in 2018, the team came from 5th to reach the Grand Final and, in 2019, made it to the Semi Final.
Chris has played school and club football interchanged with rugby union at Melbourne Uni for many years. His playing days ended a few years ago with a final stint at the Melbourne Uni 'Gents' rugby team.
A union official for almost two decades, Chris took a break from the union, buying a gym and operating as a personal trainer for 3 years - an experience that confirmed to him that sport and exercise is always both physical and mental: "People build strength and get relief, tone up and chill out, get fit and get confident."
"Everyone has their own reasons for being involved. As a coach, my aim is to support individuals in finding what motivates them and helping them reach their full potential and then combining that with team and club success.
"Coaching is about the combination of many important things: development of confidence; personal and team successes; facing the challenges that present themselves; and having a bit of fun along the way. It’s an exciting time at MUWFC and I feel so fortunate to be given this opportunity at such a great club. Looking forward to it - bring on 2021!”
At the age of 20, Alistair is in his coaching infancy and is embarking on a career in the sport and fitness industry, starting with MUWFC in 2021. After gaining knowledge and experience from inside the Carlton Football Club in 2020, he is excited to bring what he’s learnt into a new environment. While continuing to study sport and exercise science, Alistair hopes his youth and relative inexperience will actually provide an edge for MUWFC in 2021.
“I’m a big believer in how positive relationships are the key to success within any organisation. The concept of better people make better teams, irrespective of talent, is a value that I share with the entire coaching staff and playing group. I had a small taste of the culture and standards of this club this year, and I’m super excited to learn off the other coaches, help drive the club forward and achieve the underlying goal of winning a premiership in 2021.”
Interested in joining our coaching team in 2021? See our available positions here!