More than 100 of Northern NSW Football’s finest young male and female players came together last week for the latest stage of selection camps for Northern NSW Football squads that will compete at Football Australia’s National Youth Championships later this year.
A central part of these latest camps was entry for these players into a Regional Talent Support Program Tournament held by Football NSW at Valentine Sports Park in Glenwood.
These tournaments were held from Tuesday 13 April to Thursday 15 April and featured some of the best players from the Sydney metropolitan area, the Riverina and Western NSW areas, as well as Capital Football and Sydney FC Academy.
NNSWF fielded one under-14s girls team, two teams of under-15s/16s girls, two under-14s boys teams and two under-15s boys teams.
The tournaments doubled as a valuable opportunity for Football Australia Talent ID Staff, including National Technical Director Trevor Morgan, to observe and assess talented footballers from across the state.
Northern NSW Football Talent ID Staff will continue to assess and monitor players in their Premier Club environments in the lead up to a 31 May announcement of NNSWF squads for the National Championships.
Before that occurs, Talent ID Staff will be hard at work assessing and selecting talented players for the NNSWF Talent Support Program 10-Week Cycle beginning in May.
Initially, 12 and 13-year-old players will be assessed in a series of 9 v 9 matches on Monday 26 April at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
These matches, along with Premier Competition match observations, will allow for the NNSWF Technical Team to select under-12s and 13s players for Cycle 1.
The selections made for TSP under-14s and 15s groups will primarily be based off observations from the prior NNSWF Boys and Girls Camps conducted to this point, as well as Premier Club match observations.
The under-12s TSP Groups will feature up to 25 players in each boys and girls group, serving as an extra training session per week to further their development.
The under-13s, 14s and 15s TSP Groups will be smaller, with a maximum of 10 players per group, with players to take part in one Newcastle Jets Academy training session per week in their relevant age group.
This will allow the team, led by Newcastle Jets and NNSWF Technical Director Kew Jaliens, to assess and benchmark players from inside the Jets Academy next to the best players from NNSWF Premier Competitions.