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Junior Boys Coordinator Report

Posted: 18-Aug-2017 by Football (Soccer) Junior

Junior Boys Report 2017

This has been a brilliant year for Junior participation at North Caulfield Maccabi Junior Football Club.  A record 5 junior teams are heading towards the top of their league and hopefully the State Finals, at the time of writing this report.

There is little doubt that this is the result of a plan commenced by the club and the Football Department several years ago:

Provision of both social and technical football programs for young players – acknowledgement that even highly skilled players may not want to play or train in a structured way, allowing for social football participation alongside more structured and focused technical development.

Enhanced Coach induction and accreditation programs - providing consistency of training and coaching excellence across teams at every age level
Stronger sub-junior development – Maccabi Little Strikers (MLS) and Skill Development Program (SDP)
Pathway for talented player development – Skill Development Program (SDP) and Colts Junior Squad
Accreditation by Football Federation Victoria to provide Skill Acquisition Program training – one of the few Victorian community clubs to do so.
Junior development programs in line with the Football Federation Australia National Curriculum.

Many who interact with me throughout the season, know how passionate I am about these programs and how strongly I believe that they benefit the young players in early adoption of quality attributes and values that will help them in all aspects of their junior and adult life.

The club, parents, players and the football community have been very positive and taken notice of how the bar has been raised in enjoyment, participation and standard of competition.

Once again, it was great to see smiling faces playing confidently across all age groups, displaying composure, great ball skills and most importantly playing a thinking game.  This is the Maccabi way – a game that players, parents and spectators can enjoy.

While we are not quite ready for professional player contracts, all the teams have generally experienced positive and confident play, as well as a good mix of matches won and lost.  Many clubs have been congratulating us for our player sportsmanship, competitive spirit and tough opposition. 

Even though goals and winning do not overtake our development agenda, overall this has been a very successful season for the Junior Boys, with 18s, 15s, 14s and Colts A & B teams all within striking distance of coming top of the league and giving a good account of themselves in the Victorian State finals.

I always tell the boys that “Goals will come – it’s how we play the game that counts”.   Should any of the teams make the finals, we encourage everyone to attend, regardless if they are your team or not – remember that all club members, parents and players represent our Community and it is a fantastic opportunity to let our united spirit shine and wish everyone all the best and maximum Mazal in their endeavours.

I would also like to take this opportunity to emphasise that Football is a winter sport and that training and playing in cold, rain or shine actually helps the young players to build and develop a stronger, healthier constitution against winter chills and colds.

We have made significant in-roads towards the non-uniform training attendance and player disrespect towards coaches, referees or game officials during the season, resulting in drastically reduced pockets of bad behaviour.

Both parents and players need to take up more responsibility in this area and adopt the 3 D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Determination.  We ask that the parents support the coaches more, as the 3 D’s are important qualities not just in sport but in achieving personal success in life.  Through training and playing football the right way, we can learn important life- lessons and achieve personal growth at home, school and beyond.  The club will continue to run education campaigns on our values, addressing coach, player and parent behaviour.

As the community club competition season draws to a close, we thank the parents and players - everyone who pitched in to make this a memorable and effective season.  We encourage the players to continue practicing at home, school and through various off-season programs such as Futsal, Summer Sevens and other Junior Football Development pathways.  We hope that you enjoyed this year’s competition and look forward to seeing you back soon for pre-season training.

A special thank-you to the president, football department, and the committee, who made this year’s programme possible and to all the coaches and team managers who worked hard to run the training and match-day activities.

Learn to play and play to learn,

Yours in football,

Coach Igor.

Junior Boys Representative

Skill Development Program Coordinator

Committee Member

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