CREAM OF THE CROP

Re­gion’s best fe­male ju­nior soc­cer play­ers on show

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT -

OUR most tal­ented ju­nior girls are go­ing to take on the best from around the north­ern NSW re­gion this week­end.

North Coast Foot­ball’s 12 years and 14 years girls teams will be kick­ing off this morn­ing at the C.ex Coffs In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium as part of the Tel­stra State SAP Cham­pi­onships For Girls.

The lo­cal soc­cer girls are part of more than 225 play­ers from Hunter Val­ley Foot­ball, Foot­ball Mid North Coast, Mac­quarie Foot­ball, North­ern In­land, NNSWF New­cas­tle SAP, NNSWF Se­lect SAP, Adamstown Rose­bud JFC, Wallsend FC and Warn­ers Bay FC.

North­ern NSW Foot­ball chief ex­ec­u­tive David Eland said this week­end pro­vides an enor­mous op­por­tu­nity for the skilled ju­niors to fur­ther their foot­balling dreams.

“The cham­pi­onships pro­vide the par­tic­i­pants with an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive Zones and Skill Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­grams and bench­mark their de­vel­op­ment against their peers in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment,” Eland said.

“The cham­pi­onships are a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of NNSWF’s en­dorsed Tal­ented Player Path­way.

“The Tech­ni­cal Panel, headed by NNSWF tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Michael Browne, will be iden­ti­fy­ing and

mon­i­tor­ing play­ers, in­clud­ing the girls in the Her­ald Women’s Premier League, who have the po­ten­tial to rep­re­sent NNSWF at next year’s Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships and to tran­si­tion to the Jets Academy.”

North­ern NSW Foot­ball and the C.ex Coffs In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium has al­ready hosted the West­field Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships for Girls and the Tel­stra SAP State Cham­pi­onships for Boys this year.

The two will play host to the FFA Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships for Boys in a week’s time.

IN AC­TION: More than 225 ju­nior soc­cer girls will be play­ing at the C.ex Coffs In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium this week­end in the North­ern NSW Foot­ball Tel­stra State SAP Cham­pi­onships For Girls.

PHOTO: FILE

ON FIELD: All the ac­tion at Coffs C.ex sta­dium kicks off this morn­ing.

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