Coaching clinics lay the foundation for success
NEW Diggers football director Eric Thompson held five coaching clinics for eager Gympie players aged between 15 and 16 last week to improve skills ahead of the 2016 season.
Numbers at the clinics were low in the lead-up to Christmas, but Thompson remains determined to transform Gympie into what he dubs a football centre of excellence.
The players targeted by the clinics are between 15 and 18 as they transition into senior football.
Last week's sessions focused on defence and ball movement.
Thompson believes good defence provides a foundation on which to build.
"As a defensive unit everyone has to do their job well," he said.
One of the up-and-coming players who attended all the training sessions last week was 11-year-old Sam Klein.
"I really love football and Eric's a really good coach," he said.
"Thursday's one (session) we did attacking which was fun. We did three on three.
"It is good quality coaching which makes it easy to understand."
Thompson is still finding his way around the Gold City after only recently making the move.
Another of the coach's priorities is to host question and answer nights for all clubs.
Thompson has been in contact with the Wide Bay director of coaching for Football Queensland and hoped this relationship would create a better pathway for Gympie players to represent not only the region but the state.
The coach is keen for such a pathway to exist, but says players have to want it, turn up to training and remain disciplined.
Training for the Gympie Diggers first and second division teams resumes on Tuesday, January 5.
Eric Thompson may be contacted on 0409 274 802.