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Rae Dower speaking to NNSWF community coaches in 2019.

Community coaches learn from Junior Matildas Head Coach Rae Dower at Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass

May 22nd, 2019

Last Wednesday night, Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) and Newcastle Permanent welcomed Matildas U17’s national team Head Coach Rae Dower to the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility to conduct a Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass and Junior Matildas Elite Match. 

Around 60 individuals from various clubs and coaching levels and backgrounds attended the FREE Masterclass and were treated to a special workshop which focused on talent identification and how to nurture that talent into elite footballers.

Dower said she was pleasantly surprised with the number of attendees to the class and encouraged community coaches to delve themselves into more workshops and gatherings like it.

“I was really pleased with the Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass and the warm reception my staff and I received from the local football community,” Dower said.

“The coaches came well-researched, well-prepared and asked some really great questions relating to football and their experiences in their clubs.

“I think any opportunity to help educate the wider football community on these aspects of the games are crucial. As I stated in my presentation, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, and so the Northern NSW Football Village is a crucial link in helping develop the next generation of Westfield Matildas and Caltex Socceroos.

“The community wants to be a part of that development and supporting players to attain their goals and dreams and so there’s a responsibility on us all to empower each other to help to make it happen.  Collaboration is key,” she concluded.

All attendees of the Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass, and many extra personnel from the local NNSWF Community including representatives from some Herald Women’s Premier League clubs, later watched the Junior Matildas Elite Match which featured 24 girls, both local and external players, who we’re looking to prove themselves to be selected for future training camps, with September’s 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in sight.

To see more upcoming Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclasses, see here!

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