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FORMER Socceroo Greg Brown will be helping Clarence juniors

April 28th, 2022

FORMER Socceroo Greg Brown will be helping Clarence juniors take their game to the next level as part of The North Coast Football Skill Acquisition Phase program.

Brown will be coaching The Clarence Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) program, which provides a clear and professionally delivered development opportunity for young girls and boys aged eight to twelve on the North Coast.

The former Australian and New Zealand international is an AFC FFA A-License Coach who has spent many years in youth development and coaching on the international stage with the Matildas.

Brown explained his involvement with youth development.

“Even though I’ve worked with the Matildas and senior men’s teams as well, youth development has always been my passion,” he said.

“As a Queensland Academy of Sport coach and also a Matildas coach I had a lot to do with the development of the players in those roles.

“I went and studied youth development in Europe over a number of times and come back with a lot of really good advice and what’s the best thing to do and what ages with the youth team.

“And working with at the QAS and the Australian Institute of Sport their focus is development as well, and it’s a passion of mine and something I think this region really needs.”

The SAP program sees girls and boys come together for 75-minute training sessions once a week over 15 weeks.

Clarence juniors will be involved in a combined U9/U10 Squad and a U11/U12 Squad training on Wednesday evenings in Grafton.

Trial dates for the SAP Program will be held in Grafton on Wednesday, 11 May for under 9s/10s, and Wednesday, 18 May for under 11s/12s.

The SAP training follows and incorporates the four core skills and focuses on individual performance and game understanding, and awareness.

Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a ‘winning mentality’ through their actions and attitude.

This program is for players serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come.

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