UNITED TEAM: Southern’s SAP under 11s team (back, from left) Jacob Zerafa, Keegan Kulcsar, Nick Boom, Tully Dennis and Jayden Kerr, (front) Josh Sanders, Adam Brennan, Harrison Hage, Henry Whatman and Charles Whatman.THE Southern Branch Football Club’s Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) trials continue on October 26.
The trials will be held at the South Nowra Football Com-plex for under 9s to 11s, boys and girls, from the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Far South Coast.
The under 9s kick off at 9am, under 10s at 10.30am and under 11s at noon.
Southern Branch and 29 other associations are involved in the program.
Players train two to three days a week with experienced and qualified coaches and play 18 games over a 40-week period.
Southern Branch’s coaching and development manager Matthew Shepherd said the program enabled players to learn the skills of the game while being exposed to the best level of competition in NSW.
“The program is focused around the four core technical football skills of one versus one, striking the ball, running with the ball and first touch, as well as functional game skills,” Shepherd said.
“It provides girls and boys with an opportunity to experience an enhanced football environment above that provided by their local football clubs.
“Our players from the Eurobodalla area train locally at a satellite training centre and travel to Nowra for a team training session and match game.”
Shepherd said the club was encouraged by the number of players from the Euro-bodalla who wanted to attend the trial.
“We have had players from Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay in the program and continue into higher levels of football competition with Southern Branch.”
Phone Shepherd on 0419 925 006 for information.
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