Football NSW’s Talent Support Program (TSP) has resumed over the past fortnight with the program seeing an increased number of potentially talented players exposed to a high-performance environment and an increase in high quality training sessions and games in their local surrounds across metropolitan and regional NSW.
TSP is a Football Federation Australia national initiative that is also aimed at enhancing the process for talent identification and selection of representative teams and providing additional opportunities for bench-marking and identification for National Teams.
Following a recent review of the program, Football NSW’s Metropolitan Boys’ TSP will have a greater emphasis on matches with the training used to underpin these with a focus on increasing the players’ individual competencies while promoting explosiveness and winning mentality in all football actions in order to bring to life key elements of the National Playing Style statement.
A cohort of players entering the 2020 U14 and U15 age-groups was identified and selected across five metropolitan hubs to be overseen by recently appointed Football NSW TSP coaching staff including Head Coaches, Phil Myall (North), Geoff Stanmore (South), Greg Kokoviadis (East), Mark Nestorovic (West) and Chris El-Hayek (Far South).
Planning for the roll-out of a Girls’ TSP is also in the advanced stages, anticipated to begin in early 2020.
Football NSW’s Talented Player Pathways Manager Drew Taylor, reflected on the restart of the program.
“We are constantly striving to improve the TSP so as to provide a player-centred learning environment, and I am very confident that with the new coaching staff in place we will continue to raise standards on the field and provide greater opportunities for players from NSW.
“With TSP matches now taking place in a festival-like atmosphere at VSP each Monday night, this will provide a greater opportunity for us to observe both individuals and the overall level of football being played than ever before.
“Importantly, the TSP will involve regular and consistent scouting and identification of players in the NPL and underpinning competitions in order to continue to evolve the player cohorts to ensure we are providing support to players who are demonstrating high potential.”
Players are invited into the TSP program on a term-by-term basis to receive additional training and matches with the players participating constantly reviewed in a collaboration between the Football NSW Technical Department and Club and Association Technical Directors.
Football NSW Men’s and Boy’s Technical Director Warren Grieve further added.
“Football NSW is committed to supporting players as part of the Talent Support Program. Through the extensive work done, we hope that the players enjoy the opportunity to develop as individuals within the training and playing environments.
“TSP is not only set up to support and develop players but also coaches. The two strategic spearheads for the Football NSW technical department are Coach Development and Player Development and, as such, we will also support Associations, Clubs, NPL TDs and the FFA’s National Teams’ unit in identifying potential players and coaches within NSW.
“Our recent learnings from the National Youth Championships will assist with the overall delivery of the program as we provide support and resources to clubs and associations to support their players and coaches. Just as we have evolved in the metropolitan areas, we also see it as a key priority to support regional areas of NSW.”