Testimonials

Testimonials

Malcolm is an expert in his field. His ability to teach the fundamentals of tackling is exceptional. Appropriate for all age levels and sport specific. He has been beneficial for me personally as well as my teammates.

Stephanie Chiocci
Captain - Collingwood Football Club


I've worked with Malcolm for years and I haven't met anyone who better understands the mechanics of tackling and how to effectively drop your opponent.

Madeline Keryk
Vice Captain - Carlton Football Club


Since being coached by Mal, 3 seasons ago, I have learnt many different tackling styles, as well as, strategies to break tackles. This has helped me take my game to the next level.

Emma Kearney
Western Bulldogs


I've been taught by Malcolm many times over my football career, from U18 TAC Calder Cannons level to Victorian Women's Academy VFL at Melbourne University, and AFL at Western Bulldogs. Not only is Malcolm an outstanding teacher, he is also highly driven toward improving each individual. His teaching points are clear, concise and extremely knowledgeable, whether you're a beginner or experienced in AFL. His tackling sessions are always entertaining and enjoyable, and you can walk away knowing you've again dramatically advanced a crucial part of your game.

Malcolm has worked to get the best out of my tackling for years, and has been an integral part in my journey to becoming an AFL player. I couldn't thank him enough for his passion and dedication toward myself and the team, and highly recommend Malcolm to any team wanting to improve their game.

Louise Stephenson
Greater Western Sydney


We were lucky enough to have Malcolm involved with the Carlton AFLW team during the 2017 season and pre-season. Malcom’s tackling expertise, combined with an ability to demonstrate and make these techniques easy to understand, was invaluable.

Malcolm not only passed on his knowledge effectively, his enthusiasm was infectious and these tackling sessions were always enjoyable and engaging. Thanks for everything you’ve taught us Malcolm!

Natalie Exon
Carlton Football Club


Defensive pressure is something that I really wanted to build on in my game. With Malcolm's skills and knowledge, I have advanced that area of my game and it is now one of my better qualities.

He has boosted my confidence in tackling, blocking and outworking the opposition in contested situations which I can't thank him enough. I look forward to working with Mal again in the future.

Kaitlyn Ashmore
Brisbane Lions


Malcolm was involved with our organisation during the 2014 preseason where he conducted tackling technique and execution training sessions to our VFL training squad and Alex Silvagni Development Academy members.

These sessions were invaluable to our young group who had received little teaching in this critical skill component of our game. Malcolm’s sessions are also valuable to the up skilling of our development coaches who have been able to reinforce these techniques during the season, meaning that Malcolm’s influence on the group is ongoing and long lasting.

Jack Henty Football
Operations Manager
Casey Scorpions Football Club


 We engaged Malcolm to come down to our club earlier this year and run four sessions with our players, Malcolm’s sessions were aimed at improving and teaching the basics of tackling. His messages were well received by all our players.

The sessions were easy to understand and engaging which in turn ensured our players bought in and enjoyed the sessions. Both coaching staff and players have noticed considerable improvement with our tackling.

Jeff Andrews
Senior Coach
Macedon Football Club 


Malcolm has been an important part of our player development program for the last 2 years. His professionalism in working with individuals and small groups is very impressive as he delivers to them his knowledge in his field of expertise.

Malcolm has been working with our group in improving their tackling techniques and their tackling effectiveness. He has also worked with individuals with body positioning in marking contests and their ability to stay in the contest. Combine that with his core strengthening work and also the confidence it instills in our young players to welcome body contact, his influence on the group is not to be underestimated.

Steven Kretiuk
Head Coach
Western Jets


On behalf of the players and coaching staff at the Knox Junior Football Club, I would like to thank you for your hard and dedicated work you have provided our junior teams in the 2011 season.

When I called AFL Victoria earlier this year with a requirement of some professional tackling coaching, they had no hesitation in recommending you to our club.

You have been extremely professional with your attitude to our coaching staff and players.

You have taught the teams correct techniques in tackling which gave them confidence in their skill. The high quality of training the players have received from you this year is a direct consequence of our most successful year in the clubs 25 year history with 5 out of a possible 7 teams making finals this year. The additional coaching of the players prior to the finals series gave all the players increased confidence. Your follow up with the teams after their sessions was very well received.

We look forward to more sessions with Zenith Sports Services in the 2012 pre-season.

I have no hesitation in recommending Malcolm Bangs “Zenith Sports Services” to any sporting organisation.

Mark Fisher
Football Operations Manager
Knox Junior Football Club


I’d like to thank Malcolm Bangs and Zenith Sports Services for working so closely with me to improve my stamina, fitness and diet. In 2011, I began my first season as a field football umpire and ignorantly underestimated the fitness required to keep up with an entire game. I searched and met with many personal trainers and found Malcolm to be the most experienced and enthusiastic to commit to improving my areas of weaknesses.

I’m delighted to report that I now regularly umpire up to three matches in a weekend with comfort, and have progressed from umpiring division four to division one matches. To think I struggled to make it through one match 6 months ago and can now do three matches in two days is a credit to Malcolm’s experience in developing a custom plan that would work best for me.

Thanks Malcolm.

Steven Pullen
Strategic Partners Connected


Malcolm Bangs was not only an outstanding competitor but is also a world class teacher. I have trained under many instructors in many disciplines all over the world and Malcolm is up there with the best.

His simple approach to complicated technique makes it easy to understand and learn. If you get the opportunity to train and learn from Malcolm I suggest you take it.

Kit Dale
BJJ World Champion


It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial for Malcolm Bangs. Over the pre-season we made tackling/ grappling a real focus and Malcolm was able to deliver a program that was tailored and relevant to our portfolio. Our ability to be able to position ourselves against our opposition and to be able to complete tackles has been a highlight so far this season. Our players have been given the techniques and confidence to be able to compete with players from other teams.

We have continued to have Malcolm involved throughout the season after only initially having him involved over pre-season but our increased effectiveness in this area convinced us to continue to use Malcolm. I would highly recommend Malcolm if you are interested in having someone teach your players how to engage an opponent, correct body position and tackling technique.

Anthony Parkin
Talent Manager
Eastern Ranges


Malcolm's tackling sessions added an enormous amount of value to our program. Mal's interactive style of coaching tackling, makes it very enjoyable, clear and simple to learn his techniques. I will not hesitate to use Mal in future program's.

Thanks Malcolm look forward to working with you again.

Mark Fisher
Vic Metro
U16 Head Coach


Malcolm came to me highly recommended from our u/16 state representative coach Marty Fish for a specialist role in teaching players the correct technique to tackle and to position their bodies for the most effective approach to stop an opponent and to protect themselves in the process.

After acquiring the services of Malcolm from Zenith Sports services he brought a very professional and passionate approach to his teaching which the players really thrived upon, he was extremely hands on and the players loved his outgoing style of teaching. Malcolm taught the players it was all about getting your body into the correct position to impact an opponent and that tackling was a real skill to perform. He taught them they had to think about an impact spot and get their body into that position before they could execute a successful tackle.

I found Malcolm helped us enormously after our loss in Game 1 versus Northern Territory in which we had a lot of broken tackles and players didn’t seem to have the confidence in their strength to take a player down, this all changed considerably after Malcolm brought his skill set to our training. We had one session a week for the remainder of the carnival and our tackling picked up enormously, the players really felt they got a great deal of very important information that has helped them and given them a real passion for one of the most important skills in our game.

I have no doubt the introduction of Malcolm and his teaching techniques went a long way into Vic Metro winning the u/18 national championships in 2012. I would have no hesitation in recommending Malcolm for a specialist tackling coaching position at any level.

Rohan Welsh
AFL State u/18 Vic Metro Coach 2012
Director New Generation Signs


I was recommended to Malcolm Bangs for services to my business to coach/teach the skill of "tackling" for Australian Rules Football. Malcolm is the best I have ever seen in my time in football. Coaching is all about teaching and learning and equipping individuals and teams with the tools to reach their personal best and this is exactly what Malcolm is about.

He is professional and passionate and his teaching is outstanding and Malcolm brings a high end level of knowledge, technique and experience from his journey as an athlete and coach in the world of Judo that can translate to the game of Australian Rules.

Tackling is a skill that has never been so important in the game of Australian Rules due to the confined space our game is now played in due to pressing, flooding etc. I can highly recommend Malcolm as a tackling coach and it is my pleasure to use his services and offerings to the clubs rickirwinconsulting (RIC) work closely with, to educate and support community grass roots football clubs to develop their coaches and players.

Rick Irwin
Principal Consultant
Rick Irwin Consulting (RIC)


Malcolm has a fantastic facilitation style and a unique ability to teach the art of 'tackling' to both coaches and players of AFL football. I have utilised Malcolm’s expertise to deliver workshops for my own Coach Development business and the feedback has been nothing short of exceptional. So much so, that a number of my partner clubs have continued to engage Malcolm and Zenith Sports to work with their junior teams to establish and enhance their tackling skills and technique.

I will definitely be using Malcolm skills and knowledge in my business next season and beyond given the value he adds – ‘Tackling’ is a skill of the game that is often overlooked and after working with Malcolm, coaches and players can definitely see a tangible difference. If you are looking to improve, look no further than Malcolm – highly recommended.

Craig Winter
Founder & Coach
The Modern Game


Hard, effective tackles are something that all coaches want to teach their players.

Malcolm Bangs from Zenith Sports Services has provided our girls with the skills and knowledge to confidently tackle and out perform the opposition on the footy field. His professionalism, and understanding of our clubs needs, is something Malcolm has succeeded in achieving all year.

All four teams at our club made the finals this year in their respective competitions... including upcoming Preliminary and Grand final appearances - a success we must attribute in some part to Malcolm.

Laura Kane
Head Coach Division 1
Melbourne University Women's Football Club


Malcolm is an outstanding teacher of tackling and tackling techniques. He has a proven ability to deliver a challenging area in a simple, easy to understand manner. Malcolm delivers his instruction in an engaging, entertaining manner and his lessons appeal to coaches and players at any level.

His sessions are practical and his activities are transferrable to any level of Australian Rules Football. Malcolm and Zenith Sports Services are highly recommended.

Aaron Bailey
Game Development Manager
Eastern Football League


When putting together an elite program it was an obvious decision to engage Malcolm with his professionalism, knowledge and experience as an elite coach. His ability to teach through interactive sessions leaves players with clear outcomes and technique improvement.

Working with coaching staff, Malcolm designs programs that deliver on specific goals and objectives as well as providing the tools to continue education.

All of our players and staff appreciate Malcolm's involvement in our 2014 program and we look forward to working with him again.

Michael Sandry
Head Coach
Western Bulldogs Women's Football Team


Our club has used the skills and expertise of Malcolm Bangs for the past 3 years in the area of key defensive pursuits such as tackling, blocking, screening and contested bodywork.

Mal very quickly became an integral part of our coaching group and was always very reliable and engaging with our players and staff. His experience and knowledge in teaching players the key principles of holding body position in a contest and being able to move and restrain players with the ball was invaluable.

Mal’s clear and concise communication is very effective with a range of age groups and he also has the benefit of being able to transport equipment and resources needed to help teach these skills safely.

Mark Smart
Talent Manager
Oakleigh Chargers Football Club