Ju­nior soc­cer needs adult help

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

JU­NIOR soc­cer starts again soon in Monto and the com­mit­tee is look­ing for coaches.

Last year there were more than 60 ju­nior play­ers, with teams in the un­der-6s, U7s, U9s, U13s and U16s.

While it is ex­pected there won’t be much dif­fi­culty meet­ing those num­bers again this year, get­ting coaches is an­other mat­ter.

Com­mit­tee spokesper­son Len Fe­lesina said some of the pre­vi­ous coaches had re­tired, hence the need for new vol­un­teers.

“It doesn’t need to be high-level, it just needs peo­ple to put their hand up to help look af­ter a team dur­ing the week at train­ing and on the week­ends at a game,” Fe­lesina said.

“We do need a coach for each team be­cause you can’t be look­ing af­ter two teams at once, so we’ll need a par­ent from each team to put their hand up.

“If we don’t have a coach, we don’t have a team.”

A few coaches from last year will re­turn but there are also po­si­tions on the com­mit­tee that need fill­ing, in­clud­ing trea­surer and pres­i­dent.

With some vol­un­teer­ing from the adults, the chil­dren will be able to get on with play­ing.

Fe­lesina said teams are or­gan­ised around the num­ber of play­ers in­ter­ested.

“Nor­mally some chil­dren leave the dis­trict or de­cide to play other sports but across the board we never say no to any chil­dren who want to sign up,” Fe­lesina said.

If there are more chil­dren than spa­ces on a team, mul­ti­ple teams will be cre­ated to fit them all in.

The soc­cer sea­son starts on April 22 but teams need to be put to­gether within the next two to three weeks.

Train­ing is due to start on March 8, ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 4.30pm at the com­bined sports field.

Regis­tra­tion is $90 a player, with jer­seys sup­plied.

Shorts, socks, soc­cer boots and shin pads must be sup­plied by the play­ers.

To en­rol your chil­dren or vol­un­teer for coach­ing, email Te­gan Bauer at tegan­bauer@hot­mail.com.

SIGN UP: It’s time to put your name down to sup­port Monto's ju­nior soc­cer teams.

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