NNSWF Amends Talented Player Pathway

August 18th, 2017
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Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has used the rescheduled Telstra SAP State Championships for Boys at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility this weekend as a backdrop to announce the amendments to the Talented Player Pathway in the Hunter Region, which will take effect in 2018.

The amendments will significantly broaden the base of the Talented Player Pathway in the Skill Acquisition Phase (9 to 12 years) and gradually transition the implementation of licensed Skill Acquisition Programs (SAP) from Member Zones to clubs competing in NNSWF’s Premier Competitions.

A summary of the key amendments to the pathway for boys follows;

  • The Skill Acquisition Phase of the groundbreaking Emerging Jets Program will be gradually phased out commencing with the omission of 9’s in 2018;
  • The implementation of Licensed SAP’s will transition from Member Zones to Premier Clubs commencing with 9’s in 2018;
  • Talent Support Programs (TSP), which provide identified 13 and 14-year-old players at PS4 NPL Clubs with additional training and coaching will be established at the LMRFF;
  • Member Zones will be encouraged to establish Football Development Programs for  interested 7 and 8-year-old Aldi MiniRoos Players who would like additional coaching; and
  • ID Gala Days will be scheduled to identify players who have the potential to transition to the Talented Player Pathway.

“NNSWF is extremely appreciative of the many stakeholders who contributed to the comprehensive consultation process,” NNSWF’s CEO, David Eland said.

“The endorsed amendments substantively address the gaps identified in the current pathway.

“NNSWF is confident, that over time the base will broaden significantly and provide players with more opportunities to transition to the pathway as they develop and improve,” Eland concluded.

The Talented Player Pathway for girls in the Hunter Region will remain unchanged until at least 2020. This decision will allow existing clubs in Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) to focus on transitioning the WPL to a division of the PlayStation® National Premier Leagues in 2021. NNSWF’s Board resolved to expand the Women’s Premier League in 2018 by accepting New Lambton FC’s application. The structure of the WPL was also amended to First Grade, 20’s, 17’s and 14’s in 2018.

The amendments to the Talented Player Pathway in the Hunter Region and the ensuing review of the Regional Pathway, which commenced on 18 August reflect NNSWF’s commitment to contribute to Football Federation Australia’s Strategic Plan priority of building generations of successful National Teams by lifting the technical standard of identified players and coaches throughout Northern NSW and establishing defined and appropriate pathways.

The amended Talented Player Pathway will be supported by the appointment of a number of Technical Advisors who will assist the coaches engaged by Premier Clubs and Member Zones to implement programs which are conducive to developing future Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-Leauge Newcastle Jets, Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.

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