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WA Junior Footballers in Quick Fire Tournament!!

Posted: 15-Mar-2013 by Maccabi WA

For the 2nd time in WA 26 teams of the top Junior and Youth teams from clubs around the Perth metro area - both North and South of the river- competed against each other at the Maccabi Grounds when the Mark Abro Football Academy (M.A.F.A.) hosted the EPS (Elite Performance Squad) Kelme Invitational Cup for 2013.The quick fire tournament attracted a lot of interest with talent scouts from Football Federation of Australia and Perth Glory who stayed the whole tournament to assess all the Junior players.

Mark Abro, Director and Head Coach of the MAFA/EPS Academy said; “The EPS is a relatively new program in Perth and we are working day and night to create environments and platforms for our young developing players to express themselves and build a love for the game. This is what football development is all about. EPS has a very clear vision in supporting the club environments to identify and develop talent and assist in maximising individual potential. We have built solid working relationships with Football West, FFA and all the clubs in WA. Our focus is very clear in our strategy and curriculum where we emphasize “Total Football’ and help our young players develop an understanding of “Football Intelligence”. We approach this by following KNVB, AJAX and UEFA principles of TIPS and 4 pillars TTPP. (* TIPS - Technical, Insight, Personality, Speed/Strength) ; (TTPP – Technical, Tactical, Physiological, Psychosocial)." 

There were only positive comments from the other clubs with Lee from Ellenbrook United Football Club saying “All of our coaches, kids and parents have taken away some valuable lessons and fabulous memories of the day. The standard of Football both in the morning and afternoon was very high and played in the true spirit of the game; there are not many places where you can spend a day enjoying this kind of quality. Every Club was well represented and showed great professionalism and attitude. We need more of this.”
Scott from Rockingham Football Club also complimented Mark Abro and even going so far as to say he would emulate Mark’s tournament technique at his school; ”The EPS Tournament was an outstanding and very well run Carnival. The organization was superb and we were welcomed straight away and made to feel welcome. The set up of games was ideal with the groups playing at the same pitch and the challenge of the older v younger teams was of great benefit. A lot was taken away from the day and as a teacher and organizer of many carnivals myself; I will be adopting some of the ideas from the Tournament.”

Maccabi WA is very proud of MAFA and the EPS tournament‘s success. It was wonderful to see the Maccabi grounds buzzing with atmosphere and the impeccably run kosher canteen by Monica Silberman and family and Kym Meyer was a real treat for the day which certainly gained many compliments from all the spectators.

The EPS tournament has become a highlight for the Junior football calendar and has brought the fun back into football, whilst still providing a very competitive format. Sherryl from Subiaco football club calls it an “A class event! In the league of the Bunbury Cup” which hosts clubs from the whole state.

Well done to Mark Abro and Trish of MAFA and Maccabi WA looks forward to hosting the tournament again next year. 

Mark Abro and his EPS team with assistant coach Mike Italiano


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