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Sawtell’s Big O growing good things

April 27th, 2021

When Rachel Oberleuter started playing football at age 17, and coaching two years later – little did she realise it would become a life sentence of love.
Looking back with pride, and ever forward with passion – Rachel is at the wheel as Sawtell’s coaching coordinator and in charge of their Coastal Premier League reserves.
Bringing the best out of people and teams is nothing new for the club favourite who invested 17 years as a North Coast Football representative coach.
“I love it, I love the game and I still play it,” Rachel said.
“I’m obsessed, as my husband will tell you. I’m now coaching the kids of the kids that I’ve coached.”
Rachel said the key to development lies in a recipe of individual coaching and working with the sum of the parts to hone a team.
“I look after the 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s (at Sawtell) where you develop those skills, and at the older age groups it’s more of a team-level approach. But it’s always a mix of both,” Rachel said.
As an experienced and top rated mentor, it’s easy to spot when the schooling has been wanting.
“You can see young players come up … where they don’t have the technical skills that they should at that age,” Rachel said.
2021 life at Sawtell for Rachel is as fulsome as it is rewarding: “I love this club. We’re big on participation. Winning is nice – and I am competitive – but it’s not everything. Here it’s all about giving everyone an opportunity to play.”

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