The Football NSW Talent Support Program (TSP) kicked off a new term on Monday with a new intake of 2008 born players being welcomed into the program at Valentine Sports Park.
Football NSW’s Boys Player Development Manager Phil Myall was very happy with the level of play he witnessed following the new crop of promising stars hitting the hallowed turf at Glenwood.
“There really is some outstanding talent here in NSW, the speed of the games was something that I was very pleased with and will only increase as the players become more familiar with their new teammates.
“The TSP helps to provide more high-level match minutes for talented players to bring us more in line with more developed football nations.
“The TSP also serves as an ongoing talent identification tool for national team staff to recognise, monitor and compare our players in NSW to those from around the country.
“In addition to the on-field support, the TSP also works with the individuals to self-reflect and analyse their performances. Every player that comes into the program will complete an Individual development plan outlining specific outcomes they want achieve throughout each term.
“At the end of each term players receive detailed feedback which includes written, verbal, and individual footage which provides objective evidence of where the players are at with their development.”
Football NSW Technical Director Warren Grieve too was impressed with the level of talent he saw on Monday.
“As the program continues to evolve, we want to ensure players are exposed to different developmental environments.
“We hope to develop players in a holistic manner challenging them both on and off the field.
“The process encourages the coaching staff to facilitate the players individually and collectively.
“Even if players are on the bench, we want them to find solutions technically and tactically.
“Our coaches guide the players assisting them lead pre match, half time, and post-match team talks we have found that this is turbo charging the players football knowledge and gives them more ownership of their development.”
Players are selected for the program by way of recommendations from their clubs and being scouted by Football NSW technical staff.