Football development gets a kick along in CQ
FOOTBALL: Central Queensland's junior footballers will get to sharpen their skills under the guidance of Brisbane Roar coaches this weekend.
The two-day Brisbane Roar Active Program will be held at the Nerimbera Soccer Club in Rockhampton, with sessions for players aged six to 11 and 12 to 15.
In addition, a free one-hour clinic for local coaches will be held on Sunday from 9.30am.
Nerimbera Football Club president Ricky England said players and coaches from all clubs were welcome to attend.
"To get this calibre of coaches here offering their expertise is excellent not only for the development of our players and coaches but also for the game in CQ,” he said.
The Roar clinic comes hot on the heels of a visit last weekend by technical specialist Andy Ravanello from the global football coaching program, Coerver Coaching.
A coup for local football, it was the first time Coerver had conducted the coaches' program in a regional area.
Football For Children's Blair Grice, who was instrumental in making the event happen, said it was all about coach education and focusing on the game's fundamentals.
Ravanello said it was hugely important for clinics like this to be held in centres like Rockhampton.
"There's a lot of untapped talent in the regional areas. We're a grass roots program so places like this are very much our bread and butter,” he said.
"It's about bringing our methodology to local coaches and giving them the skills and resources to make them better coaches.
"For me, the big thing is to just enjoy it. If you love what you do that shows in your work.”
A professional football player, Ravanello worked in the US collegiate system before return to Canberra and joining Coerver about six years ago.
"I don't so much miss playing the game but I do miss the camaraderie with my teammates,” he said.
"I really love coaching. Football's given me so much that it's just great to be able to give back now,” he said.