Our latest return to training update, emailed to all members last night. We are excited and really looking forward to seeing you back at training from next Monday 1 June! There’s a big program of preparation planned this week – please read the update and our Return to Training Rules. ✅ ⚽️
This week is National Volunteer Week, and we thank to Dr Tam Somers for putting this update together. Tam is on our committee as well being as age coordinator and mother of two. She is also involved in corporate affairs at Telstra. We are very fortunate to have such skilled and willing leaders involved in our Club. #NVW2020#waveforvolunteers#COVID19.
As you may be aware, Peter Filopolous, CEO of Football Victoria (FV), has provided an update on the football situation in Victoria in the past few days. In the update, FV announced that the Football Federation Australia (FFA) has “produced Guidelines in readiness for a return to community football”, which are being reviewed by senior health officials. This is fantastic news for everyone who is itching to get back on the pitch.
While football remains suspended until 31 May 2020, FV has asked clubs to start planning for the resumption of football. FV is “in the advanced stages of scenario planning regarding a return to football and have worked through several different competition models at both NPL and Community level. We’re looking forward to sharing these with our clubs when we have a clear idea of the resumption date”.
The Glen Eira FC Committee is now busy preparing to restart season 2020. We are considering how to implement social distancing and hygiene measures that would make it possible for us to resume play and ensure the safety of all our members. We’re developing a plan to get football back up and running quickly and safely as soon as the State Government gives us the green light.
In the meantime, we encourage you to make use of the many online resources available to keep your skills honed in the lead-up to football resuming.
Michael Westaway President Glen Eira FC
As we think about gearing back up for season 2020, now is the time to get your new sky blue and navy playing uniform from Sportsmart if you haven’t already done so. The Moorabbin store is open, but with modified trading hours at this time.
The Glen Eira FC Girls department is running #HomeFootballSchool to support girls’ physical and mental wellbeing during COVID- 19 restrictions. This innovative program aims to keep girls engaged and connected, and empowers them to be creative and build resilience at this challenging time. We’re delighted that the program has had significant reach beyond our club through social media – one video created by the girls reached over 2,000 on Facebook, 3,400 on Twitter and was picked up by the ABC nightly news.
Our U8-12 boys’ Club Coaching Coordinator launched the challenge for the school holidays asking all players to complete this skill with their preferred foot and then, if they can master this, to try also to use the other foot. If you haven’t yet sent us your video of you doing the #AroundtheWorld challenge, please get it in to your age level coordinator soon so we can showcase it on social media.
Can we support your business?
We know many members with small, local businesses are doing it really tough right now due to Covid-19 restrictions. If you’ve got a small business that could use a boost, please email us so we can promote your business and encourage our members to support you during this time.
This paper outlines two distinct approaches to coaching in Australian junior football. After examining these two concepts, it seems clear that the ‘Developmental Focus’ is the approach that Glen Eira FC would strongly advocate from it”s junior coaches
Football is one of the world’s most difficult sports to master. It takes around 10 years of dedicated practice to get to a high level of skill. This sport rewards technical ability and decision making, over mere athletic ability. Junior football in Australia can generally be divided into two different coaching concepts.
1. “Win focused” – ‘all about the team’ (the more traditional approach) and
2. “Development focused” – ‘all about the individual’. (the more modern approach encouragedby the FFA)
Win focus – involves an emphasis on the results of the “team”, over and above the individual. Tactics and physicality are emphasised along with the concepts of “true grit” courage and commitment. Coaches generally look for bigger, stronger and more athletic players and will encourage a direct style of play (minimal passes and long ball to goal) to win. This style of play is often very effective at junior levels and is reinforced due to the fact that coaches (and parents) measure performances based on the score. Losing is taken hard by players and coaches,which increases the pressure to take less risks on the field. Parents will be drawn into this ‘win mentality’ adding further pressure on their children to ‘perform’. This approach limits the development of critical skills and decision making, and so reduces a player’s potential to play at higher levels in later years (note: critical ages for skill development is from 8-13 years old). Ultimately all this leads to an early drop out of the sport in later teens – as the player decides it is no longer “fun”.
‘Development focus’ – is an emphasis on the individual’s development, over the team. The coach’s focus is on developing player skill through a possession-based style of play. Player size and strength and athleticism is less important. Weekend games are not strongly win focused, but are rather seen as learning opportunities to test player skills/decision making. Players are not afraid to make mistakes, and are encouraged to take risks. This leads to improved confidence in players, who are free to explore/try new moves. The possession-based style allows more touches of the ball, allowing increased opportunities to learn. There is an acceptance, however, that this style of play can lead to increased errors (through more passing and risk taking). In this case, an opposition team, with a more direct style of play, will take advantage of errors resulting in more scores against your team. But players, parents and coaches all understand that the longer term benefits mean “playing well” is more important than just trying to “win”. Ultimately, improvements in player skills and decision making will lead to success on the field, in the longer term. Importantly, the reduced pressure and more enjoyable experiences mean players are more likely to stay in the sport longer. Players will also benefit through better long term prospects of reaching higher levels in the sport as they get older.
Match duration will be 10 mins with no half time breaks because the matches are so short already we can’t afford to lose 3-4 mins for half-time. Home team (the team listed first) plays towards the north (Munro Avenue side).
9:00am - 9:45am
U8 Trophy Presentations
9:30am - 10:30am
U9 Trophy Presentations
10:00am - 11:00am
U10 Trophy Presentations
11:00pm - 11:30pm
Club General Manager
Dignitaries on Stage
11:30am - 12:15pm
U11 Trophy Presentations
12:00pm - 12:45pm
U12 Trophy Presentations
Teams must assemble in front of the stage at the start time for their age group.
Each team gets 5 minutes for...
coach says a few words about the team this season
coach calls players up one-by-one and presents trophy
parents get photos of the team with their trophies
This weekend, Clubs and competitions across Victoria will celebrate Football Victoria’s inaugural Indigenous Round, and Glen Eira FC is proud to be participating in this historic event. The Round 21 Indigenous Round coincides with NAIDOC Week 2019 (7-14 July), and allows us to participate in, support and pay respect to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and culture, and the land on which the beautiful game is played.
Victorian and Australian football has a strong indigenous heritage starting with Harry Williams, recognised as Australia’s first Indigenous Socceroo. Williams played 13 times for Australia and was a member of the famous 1974 Australian World Cup squad – the first Socceroos team to make the World Cup finals.
Glen Eira FC’s contribution to the Indigenous Round 2019
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be mounted on the external wall of the Lord Reserve Clubhouse, and I will be giving an Acknowledgement of Country (AOC) in front of the flags at 10am this Saturday and Sunday.
We ask that all Glen Eira FC teams read the Acknowledgement of Country (AOC) in the centre of the pitch, immediately prior to their game beginning. (The wording is below.) Can team managers and coaches please arrange this at a team level. For those teams who are not playing a home game this weekend, perhaps speak to your opposition coach/team manager and the Referee before the match to pre-arrange this. (This is a FV Victoria-wide initiative, so hopefully all Clubs will be on board with the AOC being read.)
For teams playing at Lord Reserve this weekend, in addition to the pre-match AOC, we also encourage you to get a photo of your of team and match officials under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the Clubhouse, and then share this on social media using the hashtag #FVIndigenousRound. Please send these team photos to your age co-ordinator, who will pass them onto our media team for collective posting on the Glen Eira FC social media channels.
Acknowledgement of Country
Glen Eira FC along with Football Victoria wish to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet, the Boonerwrung People of the Kulin Nation.
We acknowledge the deep attachment and relationship the Boonerwrung people have to Country, and in particular, this land on which we play football today.
We would also like to pay our respects to Elders, past and present and emerging.”
I am proud that our great Club can support this initiative, and we are planning to expand the Club’s participation in this area in the months and seasons to come.
Many thanks and good luck with your games this weekend!