Adam Keetch, 13, has his eye on the ball at the CQ Mariners FC school holiday coaching clinic.
Adam Keetch, 13, has his eye on the ball at the CQ Mariners FC school holiday coaching clinic. Luka Kauzlaric

Keeping juniors enthused for upcoming season

THE football season is fast approaching and many clubs have now commenced their preseason training and their recruitment drive for players.

As an association we need to make sure t every person that wants to play football is provided the opportunity to do so.

It is no point in any one club signing on all the U12 age group for example, because who will they play against?

What is vital is that clubs start off by having one team per age group so that players are distributed amongst all clubs which will then create a good competition between all clubs at each and every age group.

It would seem clubs recruit every player who turns up on sign-on days.

Parents that have a club loyalty will naturally take their kids to the club where they once played and that is most admirable, but parents will also need to consider what is in the best interest of their kids in terms of game time and enjoyment.

If for instance one club has an overwhelming amount of players to the extent that another club has none, then players are not getting any benefit whatsoever, unless winning a trophy by beating under-strength opponents all season is something that parents and clubs subscribe to.

The reality is that one or two clubs second string teams will be stronger than first teams at other clubs, and winning big has another side to it.

That is losing big.

Kids need to be challenged to improve, and kids who turn out for games where they do not get a touch of the ball will soon lose interest.

Clubs must face the reality that the FFA pathway starts at local community clubs, leads into NPL clubs, which in turn lead into the A-League.

If local community clubs do not support the NPL concept in their area then their parents/players will need to understand that the CQ Premier League will be the pinnacle that they can aim for.

Regardless where players decide to play in 2014 it is imperative that every player is aware of the variety of pathways on offer for elite, and/or social players and as in life we are at liberty to select whichever pathway we deem best for us and our children.

On another note, it is pleasing that players from all clubs are uniting and signing up for the UK Football experience tour which I will be heading.

The tour departs Brisbane on November 19 and there are 10 positions remaining, with 24 already booked.



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