Our Team

Wayne Oswald

Development Coach Geelong FC
Education/Welfare Manager Melbourne FC
Recruiter Essendon FC
Region Manager Sandringham Dragons

Coaching Director

The foundation of a young players development is the critical component of future achievement - give your young hopefuls the best possible beginning

Wayne turned his hobby into his job. While working as the CEO of Deakin Sports Association at Deakin University, Geelong campus, Wayne was invited to join the Geelong Football Club fitness staff. This part time role quickly lead to a more significant opportunity in player development - particularly with players between 17 and 20 years of age. Wayne was there to witnessed the end of the AFL Seconds and Under 19's. In 1991 he was offered the role of Region Manager with the Sandringham Dragons - one of the 6 new teams participating in the TAC Cup (the competition replacing the AFL Under 19's) - he spent the next 20 years working with AFL recruiters preparing young men to present for the AFL draft.

1989 - 1991 Geelong FC – Strength & Conditioning Instructor

U19 Development Coach

1991 - 2009 AFL VIC/Sandringham Dragons - Region Manager

1994 - 2004 Victorian Metropolitan (Aust Football Championship)

Tour Manager/Selector/Welfare Manager

2006 - 2008 Scotch College - Elite Sports Person Mentor

Development Coach

2009 AIS/AFL Academy - Tour Manager

2010 Melbourne FC - Education & Welfare Manager

2010 Old Scotch(VAFA) - Development Coach

2012 Essendon FC - Recruiter(P/T)

2013 Uni Blues(VAFA) - Development Coach

2014 Caulfield GFC(VAFA) - Development Coach

2015 Caulfield GFC(VAFA) - Head Coach

1978 - 1984 Victorian Education Department Outdoor - Education Specialist

1984 - 1991 Deakin University Sports Association - CEO

1991 - 2009 AFL VIC/Sandringham Dragons - Region Manager

2010 Melbourne FC - Education & Welfare Manager

2011 Disability Sport & Recreation - Manager Sport & Recreation

2012 - Present Interactive Sports Consultancy - Founder/Director

Peter Nicholson

5 Time Premiership Coach
East Burwood
Casey Scorpions (x2)
St Bernards
Old Haileybury

Coaching Director

Juniors participate in sport to have fun, make friends and better their skills. The best junior coaches create an enjoyable structured learning environment where each player is valued and motivated to improve.

Peter Nicholson was recruited to Hawthorn Football Club as a 17 year old and spent two years at Glenferrie playing Under 19 and Reserves Football. Apart from a short stint on St Kilda Football Club's senior list in 1985 he spent the majority of his playing career with Box Hill in the then VFA. He was a member of Box Hill's first two senior premierships (1984 & 1986) winning 3 club best & fairests and the 1984 2nd division Field Medal for the competition's best player. He is a life member and member of Box Hill Football Club's team of the century.

In 1991 Peter commenced a long and distinguished senior coaching career. Over a 20 year span he would be involved in 14 final series, making 8 grand finals and winning 5 premierships.

Peter coached Premierships at East Burwood (EFL), Casey Scorpions (VFL) and St Bernards & Old Haileybury in the VAFA.

Possibly Nicholson's proudest senior coaching achievement, he was Park Orchard's Inaugural Senior coach when the newly formed club commenced in the Eastern Football Competition in 2012. The foundations laid under his watch saw the club promoted to 3rd division in only its third year of existence with consistent victories in the clubs infancy over football clubs with 100 year plus histories.

Peter's junior coaching record is long and varied. He began coaching junior cricket at the age of 17 and 35 years later has just wound up a ten year stint coaching under 12's to under 18's at Park Orchards Cricket Club. In Secondary School competitions he has coached youth teams to State titles in Volleyball and Basketball.

In junior Football competitions Nicholson spent 2 years with Eastern Ranges (finalists both years) as well as coaching 3 premierships at Park Orchards FC (one in the under 14's and two in the under 18's). He also lead Eltham High School to the School Sport Victoria State Championship in 2013 having to win 11 consecutive matches to take out the title.

Peter is a passionate coach with an ability to get the best out of individuals and teams. His teaching background (30 years as a Physical Education teacher with a major in coaching & skill acquisition) enables him to prepare players well both physically and mentally. He creates outstanding learning environments where excellence is fostered. As a level 3 coach with 20 years experience in elite senior competitions and 35 years coaching juniors, he is well credentailed to assist and mentor those willing to improve their own coaching skills.

1991 - 1993 Playing Coach East Burwood FC (Eastern FL 1st Div)

Runners Up 1991, Premiers 1992

1994 - 1995 Playing Coach Greensborough FC (Northern FL 1st Div)

1996 - 1997 Eastern Ranges FC U18 TAC Cup

Finalists 1996/97

1998 - 2001 Casey Scorpions FC VFA/VFL

Premiers 1998/99, Finalists 2000/01

2002 - 2004 St Bernards FC

Premiers 2002, Runners Up 2003/04

2005 - 2007 Old Haileybury FC

Finalists 2005, Premiers 2006

2012 - 2013 Park Orchards FC

Inaugural Senior Coach

1980 - 1984 Blackburn North Junior Cricket Club

1985 - Present Secondary School Sport

(Football / Cricket / Basketball / Volleyball)

1987 - 1989 Box Hill FC under 19's

1996 - 1997 Eastern Ranges FC - senior assistant coach

2004 - 2013 Park Orchards Junior Cricket Club

2007 - 2013 Park Orchards Junior FC (12's - 18's)

Martin Sperring

Technical Director

Our technology supports coaches and athletes perform to the best of their ability

Martin has been developing bespoke software applications for over 25 years. He is the founder and director of M2 Corporation, a software development company based in Melbourne with a highly skilled team of developers focused on building state-of-the-art solutions for a diverse customer base.

Martin has undertaken a variety of volunteer roles in the community, in areas such as sport, education and emergency services. It was during this time that he began to develop software applications to enable the clubs he worked with to operate more efficiently, and importantly, provide the generous volunteers of these clubs with a helping hand and a more time-efficient experience.

The knowledge gained during these roles, coupled with Martin’s vision of simplifying technology, provides TDS with a solid platform to deliver the benefits that community sport is crying out for.

50+ years teaching experience
40+ years in elite pathways (AFL, TAC Cup & AIS Academy)
35+ years junior coaching
35+ years senior coaching
Football administration (recruitment, management & welfare)