Soccer heads host seminar

Football Far North Coast has announced a major coup, securing the services of national technical director for football, Han Berger (pictured) and assistant national director for football Alistair Edwards to deliver the National Football Curriculum (the 1-4-3-3 system) in Lismore on Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23, as part of a free four-day coaching seminar.

Mr Berger was appointed in November 2008 having previously been with Dutch Premier League Club De Graafschap where he was the director of coaching for four years. He has a long and distinguished coaching career, including Dutch Premier League clubs FC Utrecht, FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam. His role with FFA involves tracking, identifying and developing talented male players through the talented player pathway and working closely with clubs, state and territory football federations and sport institutes, youth league teams and the National Youth League.

Berger will oversee all national youth league teams and work closely with national youth team coaches as well as developing emerging elite coaches. He will also collaborate with the national women’s coach and women’s technical director, Tom Sermanni.

In a further significant announcement, Ruben Della from Barcelona Escola, the official Barcelona Academy worldwide, will return to Lismore for a two-day coaching instruction on January 24-25. Both courses will be free to all attendees and coaches of all levels, parents, players and interested persons are welcome to attend.

Each course is being tailored to include both theoretical and practical aspects for every coach. The first two days facilitated by Berger and Edwards will focus on senior coaches with the emphasis switching to techniques for younger players on days three and four.

The presence of our two most senior coaching technicians in the Football Far North Coast zone is another sign that this region has the capacity to become the finest football region in Australia. The coaching sessions will consist of both technical and practical components and is being supported by the Lismore Events Unit and confirms the significant support being given to Football Far North Coast in their aim to progress football and the spirit of the game.

Former Socceroo and SBS Football analyst Craig Foster says that this is an opportunity for coaches within a broad geographical proximity to Lismore, players and even parents to listen to two of the countries foremost football experts. He says that their attendance is recognition of the growing awareness of Football Far North Coast’s desire to be the finest football educational region in the country.

“It confirms the spirit of progress in the region,” Craig said.

The course will be conducted at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club in Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, with practical sessions at the adjacent Hepburn Park and the synthetic hockey complex. Enquiries and registrations should be emailed to soccergm@football

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