Looking for a Coach?


To help develop people by fostering life skills, providing guidance and technical expertise that will self empower and lead to individual goal based excellence in attitude and performance


The complete MattyB DEPT. Athlete Pathway


There are 4 stages within the Athlete Pathway. These are explained below

MattyB FIT4FUN (Stage 1)

FIT4FUN stands for Fun In Training Fostering Understanding Nurturing.

This represents the coaching services provided to junior athletes. Primary focus is on active participation and development but there is still a provision for support and nurturing available to those who show talent and long term potential.

Stage 1 FIT4FUN Weekly Sessions for ages 7 – 13

Athletes attend weekly sessions run by qualified coaches who are also part of the senior development or elite squads in the MattyB DEPT.

MattyB DEPT. of Athletic Coaching (Stages 2, 3, 4 and therapy)

DEPT. stands for Development & Elite Professional Training.

This component of the business represents the coaching services provided to athletes over the age of 10. Opportunities are available to both the developing and elite athlete. There is an extremely high expectation of professionalism on all athletes in these squads.

Stage 2 MBD Development Squad for ages 11 – 15

The development squad is for the athlete wanting to commence training on a regular basis. At this stage athletes will be expected to show more of a commitment to their training. Multiple training sessions a week will be offered. Places are limited and selection in this squad can be performance based. The squad is coached by Matt Beckenham with the support of other coaches when required.

Stage 3 MBD Squad for Ages 15 plus

This squad trains up to 4 times per week and MattyB is your permanent coach. This squad also trains with the MBD Elite squad so there is a huge expectation placed on this squad to train as a professional athlete. Athletes compete in gifts and other major events nationally and possibly internationally. This is an extremely popular squad and although there are no specific performance criteria for this squad there are extreme limitations on numbers and acceptance in this squad is based totally on the subjective decision of MattyB.

Stage 4 MBD Elite Squad for Ages 15 plus

There is a very high expectation of professionalism placed on these athletes with many striving for national selection at either senior or junior level. The elite squad is open to anyone aged 16 years or above who have reached the elite standards. Athletes who have not reached the standards may still be considered for selection in the elite squad if MBD believes they have outstanding potential or demonstrate abilities that compliment the current squad.

Selection is dependent on positions being available in the squad but nominations will always be considered. Athletes may be placed into the senior or development level if MBD feels this is a better fit. All athletes must complete a trial period first.

This squad has the highest expectation of professionalism and athletes in this squad complete up to 12 sessions per week with many striving for Commonwealth and Olympic Games selection.


Matt Beckenham (MattyB) commenced coaching in late 2002. Training was focused on the developing young athlete with an aim to provide instruction and guidance in an environment that was enjoyable.

The coaching business of MattyB’s FIT4FUN was established which catered for athletes under the age of 16 and it quickly grew in size and reputation. Over the next 5 years many of the original athletes working under MattyB developed into senior athletes. Several new local and interstate athletes also joined the squad with great individual and group success.

By 2008 MattyB was regarded as one of the best up and coming coaches in the country and the squad boasted numerous national champions and professional gift winners.

Due to the changing group dynamics and increasing age of the athletes in the training squad there was a need for a new business name to reflect this.

In 2009 the MattyB DEPT. of Athletic Coaching (MBD) was created to fully represent both the junior and senior coaching components available.

This website promotes the various components of the MattyB DEPT. It also recognizes the wonderful supporters and sponsors and celebrates the outstanding ongoing success of the the squads and individual athletes.

Thank you for visiting and I trust you will bookmark this website to ensure you remain up to date with the latest news, results and information relating to the MattyB DEPT.


2 thoughts on “Looking for a Coach?

  1. Hi Matt, i have been trying to get in contact with you to see if you are interested in coaching Suryo Agung Wibowo from Indonesia. His best time is 10.17 elec. (0.0 w) Dec 2009 at Laos SEA Games. It is hoped he can Qualify for the LONDON Olympics 2012 and if yoou feel you are unable to help do have a reccomendation for someone else. I feel i have done the i can do to date with some fantastic results and victories for Suryo however i feel he needs to train with a group of like athletes and a new environment to keep the motivation high for success. appreciate your advice and reply.

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