Ufuk Talay calling the shots for the Nepean SAP Program

FNSW: Sunday 27th November SAP Round 3 at Valentine Sports Park (photo by Damian Briggs)

The 35-year-old, who spent his career with Marconi Stallions, Sydney FC, North Queensland Fury, Turkish giants Galatasaray and Japanese side Avispa Fukuoka has been given the tough task of coaching the Under 9?s-Under12?s SAP Nepean team.
When asked about his decision to coach in the SAP, Talay said, ?this is the pathway I want to take for myself?I want to stay in the game, hence why I wanted to become a coach.?
?The game has given a lot to me and becoming involved in the program allows me a chance to give back to the game.?
With Talay?s playing experience in Australia, Turkey and Japan, the former midfielder has found coaching to be a completely different experience to his playing days.
He believes having an understanding of the game as a player has made him well equipped to join the coaching ranks.
?Playing in the game where you?re used to playing has a certain understanding, but as a coach it?s totally different,? Talay said.
?You have got 16-18 players that you have got to work with and I am trying to pass on my knowledge to help them play better.?
Talay says he has a certain selection criteria to follow when choosing players for the Nepean SAP team.
?Players that I have selected are varying in their qualities.
?The program works on a development (basis) which works on their ball work that will make them better players.?
SAP is a 40-week program and Talay believes the young group of players have the chance to aptly enhance their abilities.
?Hard work and dedication is required, that comes with everything.
?Listening to their coach is the most important thing and the coaches are always there to help the players.
?(The most important thing is) that they improve their ball technique and since most of the players have not experienced a structured program at this level and age, hopefully they understand the game.
?They will play different positions, this will help them have a better understanding of the game.?

-By Steven Nguyen