In support of the excellent work that John Moriarty Football (JMF) continually does for Indigenous communities in Dubbo and the surrounding areas, Football NSW was pleased to be able to assist in a number of special activities this past week.
As part of a week-long schedule, several Community Coaching Workshops have been held at both the Narromine Sports Complex for the Narromine Soccer Club and also the Westside Panthers Club.
A further trip was undertaken to the township of Peak Hill, 50km south of Dubbo, where JMF conducted a series of school holiday clinics for excited youngsters.
Football NSW Technical Director Warren Grieve and Regional Football Manager Andrew Fearnley led the team, with a special guest, former Matildas and current New Zealand Women’s coach Tom Sermanni, proving an added attraction.
The technical staff discussed the fundamentals to keen grassroots coaches centred around the ‘Discovery Phase’ (coaches training 5–9-year old’s) for the upcoming grassroots football season.
In support of the Dubbo and District Football Association, coaches from the Narromine Soccer Club and Westside Panthers Club were treated to evenings spent further educating and upskilling themselves with the workshop focusing heavily on natural development.
In recent years, Football NSW has actively been supporting JMF with bespoke coach development for their coaches, guiding them through their Indigenous clinic based programs and providing development workshops targeting best practice environments on and off the pitch.
For the first time in 15 years, Peak Hill FC will field a number of MiniRoos teams in the competition based out of Parkes, a further sign of the popularity of the game and the great work being done by JMF, club officials and dedicated volunteers in the local community.
“Whilst supporting the JMF coaches, it has also been a great opportunity to provide regional clubs and communities with discovery phase workshops tailored to providing safe, fun, and engaging training sessions,” said Football NSW Technical Director Warren Grieve.
Tom Sermanni, who had two stints with the Matildas as Head Coach, and held the same role with the U.S. Women’s Team, and is currently preparing New Zealand Female Ferns for the Tokyo Olympics enjoyed his involvement with the JMF.
“The week has been great.
“I have had a fantastic few days at the JMF clinics and seeing some terrific talent on display across all ages.
“Furthermore the various coaches involved and their ability to teach, motivate and interact with the players was outstanding and I look forward to hearing of how they progress in the coming years on their own coaching journey.”