Chance for players to hone skills

WESTERN NSW football is getting ready for another season in Dubbo, with the 2013 trial dates released for the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP).

The SAP will identify and assemble the most talented Australian boys and girls between the ages of nine and 11, in elite programs in order to teach them perfect functional game skills.

Dubbo and District Football Association president Luke Cameron said the 2013 SAP will incorporate the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and Small Sided Football Regulations.

This would include the match format (under-9 in seven players versus seven, under-10 and under-11 in nine players versus nine), training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.

"The program has been established to underpin the Football NSW (FNSW) elite boys youth leagues and the FNSW 'Institute' programs for boys and girls," Cameron said.

"The SAP is about specialised age appropriate coaching within the nation curriculum. The teams will play other SAP teams with the best players from our region playing the best from other regions."

He said overall the 2013 SAP aimed to deliver an enhanced football development opportunity to the state's talented youth players, providing them the platform and foundation to realise their dreams of becoming professional footballers.

"With football growing steadily in our region, having opportunities such as these are great and I encourage any player who wants to learn more about our great game to register. Players will learn more about football which in turn strengthens our sport," he said.

The trial dates start on Sunday from 10am for the under-9s and under-10s, and from 1pm for the under-11s.

On Wednesday November 14, the under-9s and under-10s have a session at 6.15pm. The under-11s will also have a session on November 15 at the same time.

All sessions will be at Sir Jack Brabham Park in Orange. All players wishing to trial are asked to email their contact details and 2012 club to Andrew Fearnley at

Western NSW Football intends to have a west (consisting of players from Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes and Mudgee) and east (players from Lithgow, Orange, Bathurst and Young) program or team. Coaches are also being sorted for the 2013 SAP program. Anybody interested in coaching a SAP squad are to email Andrew Fearnley by tomorrow with the relevant experience.


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