Goonellabah club gives juniors kick start (NSW)

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The Northern Star

ON THE BALL: Collaborating to provide a Futsal training academy are, from left, Goonellabah FC player Adam Fittock, Ray and Margaret Bryant from Summerland Security, Far North Coast NSW Futsal regional co-ordinator Robyn Lawrence and Goonellabah FC president Bruce Towner. Photo by : Cathy Adams

ON THE BALL: Collaborating to provide a Futsal training academy are, from left, Goonellabah FC player Adam Fittock, Ray and Margaret Bryant from Summerland Security, Far North Coast NSW Futsal regional co-ordinator Robyn Lawrence and Goonellabah FC president Bruce Towner. Photo by : Cathy Adams

Goonellabah FC officials hope a new scheme will help develop future talents of the sport.

The club has launched a new weekly clinic for juniors aimed at improving both their football and futsal skills.

Led by accredited and experienced coaches, the scheme provides in-depth tuition concentrating on improving passing, shooting, dribbling and other key skills.

Club president Bruce Towner said he hoped the scheme, which is open to club-affiliated juniors, would be a success.

“We wanted to provide something extra for junior football in the area,” he said.

“It is an absolute pleasure to know that technical skills will be developed at a young age with high-quality coaching.

“We are trying to implement ‘proper’ coaching to ensure that juniors’ skills development will be of the highest order.”

The initiative, which was established after help from sponsors Summerland Security Service and FNC NSW Futsal, will take place every Wednesday at the club’s Weston Park ground in Reserve St.

It will build on a program run on Monday afternoons, which is open to all juniors.

Towner said he hoped it would benefit children interested in both football and the indoor code of futsal, which continues to grow in popularity across the planet.

“Futsal is a really fast-growing sport,” he said. “It is becoming very popular in a lot of areas.

“We hope this will give them the intensive skills that they need to play both parts of the game well.”

Get involved

Anyone wanting more information, including times and eligibility, can contact Towner on 0427 066 096 or visit www.futsalfnc.com.au.

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