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Family ties are fate for Kate Silvy

June 2nd, 2021

Rising Coffs United coach Kate Silvy is a great believer in tapping into the sum of the parts to bring a team together.
And it’s a mantra born of necessity, given the diverse level of experience of Kate’s Under 12 Lionesses girls’ squad.
“Fifty per cent of them hadn’t played football before, a similar number have played in some capacity, and there’s three or four who are quite skilled and have come through SAP,” said Kate, the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month.
“So we try and come up with sessions that work for all of those different skill levels. Most importantly, we try and make the sessions fun.”
The ‘we’ reference is because Kate co-coaches the side with her daughter, Georgia, who also plays in the North Coast NPL Under 13s representative team.
“Georgia helps heaps with training and on game day when she’s not away with NPL every second week,” Kate said.
Another daughter, Alexis, plays in the U12 Lionesses – to further strengthen the family connection, while Kate’s husband, Nathan, coaches the U15 North Coast NPL side.
With that much footballing nous in the family unit, dinner table conversations inevitably turn to the sport at some point as the Silvys are coach potatoes.
“If I ask him (Nathan) about a specific drill he’s quite forthcoming,” Kate said.
“He got me into the sport because I was a netballer before we met.”
Kate said she was surprised and over the moon to win the Coach of the Month Award.
“It’s absolutely great and I’m quite humbled by it. I actually love doing what I do,” she said.
Photo: Kate Silvy

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