Smart kids on the ball at football program
RISING junior football players will take to the field for the final time today to learn new skills and overall game performance as part of Mareeba United Football Club’s Christmas school holiday development program.
The four-day program attracted 40 junior players aged six through to 13-years-old and focused on game reading, communication, game speed, leadership and ball possession transition.
Coach and development coordinator, Alex Srhoj said the annual program was a chance for the young footballers to be active during the school holidays, while learning skills to improve their individual game, which would assist them come the 2017 football season.
“For the older kids it’s more about game awareness and understanding the game a bit more and for the juniors it’s more skills development,” he said.
“For us it’s been very good and the kids are enjoying it.”
Srhoj said he had introduced more game intelligence into this year’s sessions rather than just focusing on skill development.
“While developing and enhancing individual brilliance is one thing, we want our kids to be smart footballers and have a high level of game intelligence,” he said.
Srhoj said the young players taking part in the program also played for MUFC’s junior sides throughout the year.