As our teams are preparing for the Community Cup tournament in Mackay next month, we spoke to all three coaches on how the experience is going so far! Hear what they had to say below!
FGC- Football Gold Coast
BB- Brett Budwee U15 Boys
MN- Matt Noble U13 Boys
MG- Matt Glew U15 Girls
FGC: How have preparations gone so far for your team?
BB: The preparation for the U15 boys teams have progressed well with work on certain defensive structures and attacking patterns of play being the initial focus.
MN: Preparations for the Community Cup have started well. The boys overall attitude in training has been fantastic and that gives us a great base to work from.
MG: Preparations have not gone to plan so far with a number of interruptions due to players having to play make up games for their club teams.
FGC: What were the initial trial periods like and were you impressed with the quality of players you had to select from?
BB: The initial trial period was very thorough and all players were given every opportunity to show the talent. The quality of the players who trialled was very encouraging especially when you consider the amount of local players already being aligned to existing NPL & Academy squads. It just goes to show that the talent pool is very deep here on the Gold Coast.
MN:The initial trial period was very thorough and all players were given every opportunity to show the talent. The quality of the players who trialled was very encouraging especially when you consider the amount of local players already being aligned to existing NPL & Academy squads. It just goes to show that the talent pool is very deep here on the Gold Coast.
MG: The initial trial periods were adequate and yes I was impressed with the quality of players that trialed.
FGC: What will be your primary focus in preparing for the tournament and what can we expect to see from your side?
BB: The primary focus during our final preparations will be getting players familiar in their positions, learning team principles both with and without the ball & reinforcing our patterns of play just so everybody knows what is expected every time we step onto the pitch.
MN:As a squad we have already spoken about the importance of our work ethic in and out of possession. We want players to have the confidence to make positive decisions, to be creative, and the importance of knowing our roles within the team.
MG:My primary focus is getting the girls on the same page and learning to play a well structured possession based game. You can expect a very competitive side.
FGC: How does a tournament like this impact your coaching philosophy and experience?
BB: A tournament like the Community Cup and the preparation that goes into getting a squad of players from different clubs to work together and sometimes in unfamiliar positions reinforces my philosophy that young players are very adaptable and learn quickly if given the opportunity and correct instructions. I personally enjoy the challenge of putting a team together from scratch and helping them grow both as footballers and young men and teaching them what is expected in a professional football environment. The opportunity for players to travel away as a team and represent their region is very rare these days and will hopefully be something they remember for the rest of their football careers.
MN:It’s a great challenge and it’s one Simon and I are really enjoying. We have limited time to get the squad ready and each week we have a clearer view on how we are going to play, our strengths and things we need to work on.
MG:I think this is a question best answered once the experience has ended, but thus far it has open my eyes to the challenges faced with bringing a team together (who have all been coached under different coaching styles) in a short period of time as opposed to coaching a side to a program over a number of years.