Victoria Point coaches check out British soccer coaching methods

READY TO GO: At a club sign-on day are Lewis Johnson, coach Lee Walker, Nate Quinlan, head coach Dan Sutcliff and Flynn Harrington.

READY TO GO: At a club sign-on day are Lewis Johnson, coach Lee Walker, Nate Quinlan, head coach Dan Sutcliff and Flynn Harrington.

VICTORIA Point Magic Football Club Magic is hoping for a magic start to the season, with coaches having gone to Britain in the off season to study the latest junior coaching and training methods.

The soccer club caters for boys and girls from Under 5s to Under 13s, and a girls-only development program set up for 10 to 14 year olds for the first time this year.

The club will also have two senior men’s teams in 2017.

Growth the club has experienced over its first three seasons is expected to continue in 2017.

Club president Adam Carmichael said Magic was looking forward to settling in to its Saturday home base at the Donald Road Sportsfields, with further improvements planned this year.

The club continues to work with Redland City Council towards an eventual move to a larger venue.

“All players, and all teams at the Magic, regardless of age, ability or gender receive professional coaching from overseas qualified and experienced experts,’’ Carmichael said.

Club technical director Robbie Smith (previously of Burnley FC) and head coach Dan Sutcliff (previously of Preston North End FC) have returned from an off season trip to the United Kingdom where they gained further insights into the latest junior coaching and training methods.

Smith said that in Australia most clubs relied heavily on mum and dad coaching models but this could take players only so far.

“We believe in developing every player to reach their full potential and this can only occur with a consistent quality approach to coaching and training,’’ he said.

Numbers and interest at the club sign-on day were high, with many families returning and many new players.

Sutcliff is excited to begin his first full season at the club after joining the Magic last year.

“Pre-season trials have been well attended and the junior teams are training the house down,’’ he said. “We are so excited to be entering Cross River Komodo teams in several age groups for the first time this season.

“With the improvement seen in players as a result of the high quality coaching sessions, I know we have teams ready to play at the highest levels and against the biggest clubs in Brisbane.”

Victoria Point Magic FC is on Facebook or people can contact robbie@vpmagicfc.com.au.

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