We caught up with our Regional Development Officer Jason Maguire to ask him a few questions on how his time at the helm has been so far! Read more below!
1) How have you found the start of your role on the Gold Coast?
It has been a humbling experience so far, the warm welcome from the football community has been second to none and very inspiring. I am looking forward to making positive changes to the game on the coast.
2. How have the preparations gone for the Community Cup so far from your perspective?
Preparation have gone okay to date, I am however very pleased at the attitude shown by our players at training. We have created a Training environment which the players are now playing and thinking outside their comfort zone, this is down to the fantastic coaches we have in place for the FQ Community cup. I am very excited to have Bond University working closely with us, it has taken our training into a high performance program which is most pleasing.
3. What have you noticed in your short time about our clubs that you like, and where do you feel the need we have to change?
What I have liked is……The amazing people at club land that work so hard as volunteers, it can be a difficult job at the most of times but without these amazing people we would not have a game. Change…. To be in a position to support the growth and development of individual coaches and consequently the club. The development of improved coaching behaviours facilitates the increased enjoyment not only of the coaches and players but all members of the club. We will create great club cultures through coach and parent education which in turn will form positive and pleasant experiences for all involved in the world game.
4. What have you got planned post Community Cup to keep the growth process for junior players increasing in the region?
We will have an exciting player development program in place after the season known as the Emerging Talent Program. The Emerging Talent Program is a high performance coaching and development program for the most talented young Gold Coast players outside of the NPL. This development program overcomes the gaps in the system, thus allowing young players to fulﬁll their potential. Within the program, a clear player centre approach pathway is established. Technical, tactical, lifestyle and personal components are progressively addressed from the involvement of (U9-U15 years of age) The ETP will also be the centre of coach education which coaches from all community clubs are welcomed for the upkeep of their development.