Day 2 of the Fenech Football Academy run by acclaimed soccer coach Joe Fenech.
Day 2 of the Fenech Football Academy run by acclaimed soccer coach Joe Fenech. Matt Harris

GALLERY: Fenech academy provides football pathway

SOCCER: On the surface the round-ball game can be a simple one; kick the ball in the back of the net.

However, to be successful one must follow the four core football principles.

Those principles are what Joe Fenech of the Fenech Football Academy drills into developing players.

"We teach Football Federation Australia curriculum and concentrate on four core skills - one verses one in attack and defence, running with the ball, striking the ball (passing and shooting) and first touch,” he said.

"Those core principles are crucial. If you can't pass the ball with the correct weight, if your first touch is a metre in front of you then your second touch is going to be a tackle, so that's no good.

"If you don't have the correct running technique or co-ordination skills it's going to be hard and in football you're doing six or seven things at once.”

Day 2 of the Fenech Football Academy run by acclaimed soccer coach Joe Fenech.
Day 2 of the Fenech Football Academy run by acclaimed soccer coach Joe Fenech. Matt Harris

Fenech has been involved in football for most of his life and has been coaching for more than 25 years.

He has former experience in the Malta schoolboys set up and has also played for the Australian Combined Services team on 25 occasions, captaining the side in 1979.

He set up his academy to provide pathways for younger players to make it to Queensland Premier League clubs and beyond.

"The clinics that I run are just not babysitting on holidays,” he said.

"I mix in some fun with actual football development.

"I like to identify potential in a player and then try to do my best to get them to fulfil that potential.”



LOOK INSIDE: Luxury Agnes home takes out prestigious award

Premium Content LOOK INSIDE: Luxury Agnes home takes out prestigious award

Take a look inside the Agnes Water home located in the prestigious Sunrise 1770...

Cake maker humbled by win after 40 years honing skill

Premium Content Cake maker humbled by win after 40 years honing skill

A decorated cake maker said what started as a hobby has turned into a side hustle...

‘Life changing’: Truck driver suffers burns to 70% of body

Premium Content ‘Life changing’: Truck driver suffers burns to 70% of body

The three truck crash occurred on The Bruce Highway about 37km south of Miriam...