Smart kids on the ball at football pro­gram

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

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.

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