Swifts of­fer young foot­ballers range of op­por­tu­ni­ties

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Win­ter is com­ing and with comes the foot­ball sea­son.

This com­mu­nity’s foot­ball club, Mata­mata Swifts, is in the midst of its ju­nior reg­is­tra­tion and grad­ing process, so it’s a busy time of year.

The club is also pro­mot­ing sev­eral coach­ing pro­grammes which are open to ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of whether or not they in­tend to play foot­ball.

The Swifts’ club devel­op­ment manager Dwayne Bar­low over­sees the club’s devel­op­ment pro­grammes. Work­ing in con­junc­tion with Scott Par­son­age, WaiBOP Foot­ball’s foot­ball devel­op­ment manager for this area, he’s been able to en­sure the club can of­fer a set of foot­ball coach­ing pro­grammes which en­sure lo­cal young­sters of all ages, abil­i­ties and stages of phys­i­cal devel­op­ment can be in­volved in foot­ball.

The club of­fers sev­eral popular pro­grammes.

‘‘We pi­loted our Foot­ball For All pro­gramme last year and re­ceived plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back,’’ Bar­low said. ‘‘Ba­si­cally it’s de­signed to pro­vide chil­dren with an ac­tive and healthy ses­sion no mat­ter their

it abil­ity. It gives boys and girls the chance to learn skills, play games and have a great time un­der pro­fes­sional su­per­vi­sion.’’

Foot­ball For All ses­sions are held af­ter school at the Mata­mata Domain on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noons.

‘‘Do­ing this mid-week means chil­dren who are in­volved in other sports on a Satur­day morn­ing have the op­por­tu­nity to play foot­ball as well,’’ Bar­low said.

‘‘In 2014 the mix of at­ten­dees was roughly 50/ 50 be­tween reg­is­tered foot­ballers and non­play­ers so it’s clear the in­ter­est is there.’’

Along with WaiBOP’s Par­son­age, who is also a Swifts first team player, other Swifts first and re­serve team play­ers pro­vide the coach­ing at the ses­sions.

They get un­der way at the be­gin­ning of term 2 and run un­til the end of term 3.

The club also runs a cou­ple of other coach­ing pro­grammes over the win­ter sea­son. ‘‘Ev­ery school hol­i­day pe­riod we hold a three­day coach­ing camp, which again is open to all chil­dren, re­gard­less of whether or not they are reg­is­tered club mem­bers,’’ Bar­low ex­plains. ‘‘ In the up­com­ing hol­i­days we’ve set April 13 to 15 as the dates, with the chil­dren com­ing in from 9am to 3pm each day.’’

The Swifts also run the Mata­mata Skill Cen­tre, again in con­junc­tion with WaiBOP’s Par­son­age, ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing. ‘‘The Skill Cen­tre is for play­ers who are se­ri­ous about get­ting in some ex­tra spe­cialised train­ing dur­ing the sea­son,’’ Bar­low said. ‘‘Th­ese ses­sions are aimed at chil­dren who have some ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing foot­ball. The cur­ricu­lum is close to what WaiBOP Foot­ball of­fers at their Foot­ball Tal­ent Cen­tres.’’

Bar­low is pleased the club can now of­fer such a range of foot­ball op­por­tu­ni­ties for bud­ding young lo­cal sports­peo­ple. ‘‘I’ve got kids com­ing through my­self and I think it’s pretty cool they get to have th­ese foot­ball ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ he said. ‘‘Hope­fully many more chil­dren will join us.’’

More in­for­ma­tion on Mata­mata Swifts’ foot­ball coach­ing pro­grammes can be found at the club’s web­site – www.mata mataswifts.com/coach­ing.

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