Young tal­ent time at new in­door cen­tre

Stirling Times - - FRONT PAGE -

AS­PIR­ING ju­nior and se­nior soc­cer play­ers now have the chance to sharpen their skills un­der the guid­ance of two Na­tional Premier Leagues WA stars.

Sor­rento FC mid­fielder Reece Vit­tiglia and Floreat FC mid­fielder Dean Evans have joined forces to open in­door fa­cil­ity The Foot­ball Cen­tre in Os­borne Park.

JU­NIOR soc­cer play­ers now have the chance to be coached by Na­tional Premier Leagues WA (NPLWA) stars at the state-of-the-art Foot­ball Cen­tre in Os­borne Park. But their chances of play­ing in the top divi­sion will be di­min­ished. NPLWA clubs, es­pe­cially the smaller ones, will have their dreams of play­ing amongst the elite dashed due to up­com­ing changes to the com­pe­ti­tion. While it has been only three years since the com­pe­ti­tion was formed, clubs have been sub­ject to sev­eral changes since semi-pro­fes­sional soc­cer was in­tro­duced in WA in 1896, in­clud­ing the forced re­moval of eth­nic­i­ties from club names. Now the de­crease from 14 to 12 teams in the NPL will make it harder for clubs to move up the ranks. This is not a con­cern for big­ger, suc­cess­ful clubs such as three-times NPL cham­pi­ons Bayswa­ter City and 2016 cham­pi­ons Perth Soc­cer Club, but it surely is for those that fea­ture in the rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion zones. The change will also af­fect the devel­op­ment of up-and-com­ing play­ers who may not get the op­por­tu­nity to play against the com­pe­ti­tion’s best. De­spite the fact that club costs will be re­duced from the drop in matches in a reg­u­lar sea­son, more com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Foot­ball West and NPL clubs is needed to en­sure the im­pact is evenly spread amongst all clubs.

Kristie Lim - Re­porter

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474487

Jor­dan Dalby and Mai­son Tal­lents at The Foot­ball Cen­tre in Os­borne Park.

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