New coach appointed in new dawn for soccer in Gladstone

Mark Delaney
Mark Delaney Matt Taylor

SOCCER: Yaralla Mariners Junior Football Club Academy has a new technical director Mark Delaney.

The appointment comes on the back of a merger with CQ Mariners and Yaralla Football Club designed to develop a strategic plan for a return to state level football for the Central Queensland region.

Delaney was coach of the Western Pride during the previous five years and he will oversee the academies for the under-6 to U12 and development squads in the U13-15 age groups.

The program will be based on the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) curriculum and Skill Acquisition Programs (SAP) currently run in South-Eastern Australia

Delaney holds a Senior C, and Youth C licenses as well as Mini Roos Skill Certificate and was an accredited Junior Academy coach with Western Pride in the National Premier League.

"I am a big believer in developing skills to control the football as well as providing the necessary technical 'tools' to be able to play the game on the highest possible level," Delaney said.

"Once the above skills have been established, we then move on to the Game Training Phase preparing skilful players for performance phase football, which entails teaching them to apply the functional game skills within a team setting.

"The Academy uses the Football Federation of Australia's football coaching curriculum as a guide to building a solid foundation of technical skills.

"This allows us to develop players for the next age group while incorporating a holistic approach."

Delaney spent the majority of his time at the Western Pride focussing on Discovery Phase for U6-9, Skills Acquisition Phase for U10-13 and the Game Training Phase for U13-17.

"Within these roles, my priorities were to develop the four core skills which are first touch, one versus one, running with the ball and striking the ball in addition to ball mastery," Delaney said.

Delaney said the new academy will not just cater for players.

"This centre will not only focus on the development of the players, but also that of its coaches and assistant coaches," Delaney said.


Saturday, Feb 10: Open Day Football Clinic (time TBC)

Training days and times

Mondays - Discovery Phase Skills Acquisition Phase Development Squads

U6-9: 4.30-5.45pm; U10-13: 5.45-7pm; U13-15: 7-8.30pm

Wednesday - Discovery Phase Skills Acquisition Phase Development Squads

U6-9: 4.30-5.45pm; U10-13: 5.45-7pm; U13-15: 7-8.30pm

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