Tamborine Mountain Eagles Soccer Club has nearly doubled its junior membership in three years. The reason can be put down to many things, but by implementing a new strategy throughout their set up can be pinpointed as one of the key points.
Dean Critchlow has been the Director of Coaching and has run the program for three years. Joined by resident goalkeeper coach Daniel Duke and this year by Dane Sharpe, they provide individual skill workshops through their Football Technique Academy.
Every player at the club has one training session with Dean alongside their respective game day coaches. Not only being responsible for the welfare of the players, Critchlow’s role also centres around coaching the coaches and overseeing holiday training workshops that the club conducts.
Club President Mick Angus says the move was needed and changed the club significantly.
“The enthusiasm and love for the game has increased immeasurably. The additional skills programs and coaching sessions has also seen teams competing and challenging themselves in the highest divisions.”
For the first time in the club’s history, the Eagles have two JPL teams competing in the U16’s and U12’s, with the U16’s off to represent the club at the Borneo Cup in Malaysia at the end of the season.
Although the success is great for the club, it has seen them become victims of their own success, especially in the girls program. Under coach Steve Rowell, majority of the clubs U16 girls are now playing NPL football down the Coast.
The club has gone leaps and bounds in recent years but there is no indication or desire for this to stop, with the commitment of the club ever flowing each and every year.
“We are committed to the skills mastery programs for all our juniors in their early years and provide the pathways necessary for boys and girls playing at all levels within the club. The aim for us is to have teams in various age groups with a variety of experience for kids to play football. The aim is to develop for our community and to provide a positive and fun environment for team sport,” said Angus.
With the direction the club has taken in recent years, the Eagles will only continue to rise.