Opportunities welcomed by our junior soccer players

By ANITA FURJANIC

THE Glenorchy Knights Football (Soccer) Club is doing great things in the Northern Suburbs to promote the game of soccer and creating opportunities for junior players.

One initiative of the Glenorchy Knights this season was to invite junior clubs in the northern suburbs to attend PS4 Victory League games at their KGV home games in Glenorchy.

Junior players from Brighton Junior Soccer Club and Derwent United Football Club recently attended these games. The players walked side by side with senior players onto the pitch and stood with them while they were introduced to supporters attending the game. They were also allowed to act as ball retrievers during the game and get to play a small-sided game on the ground at half time in front of supporters.

The U12 SAP Team players are from back, left, coach Daniel Harris with Dylan Midson-Laredo, Lucas Dzelalija, Lachlan Nilsson, Joe McShane, Peter Swan, Josh Honig, Blake O’Brien, Harrison Huigsloot, Brayden Butler, Jayden Nube, Ziggy Gow-Webb.

The club was pleased to offer this opportunity to the junior clubs in the northern suburbs as it was a great experience for young aspiring players to participate in and witness how games at the highest level in Tasmania are played.

Another positive for the Glenorchy Knights Football Club is their involvement in the statewide Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) program. The Glenorchy Knights recently assisted Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) with a SAP festival held at their grounds at Prince of Wales Bay, Goodwood.   This festival was the largest since its inception in 2014. It was run over two days with more than 420 participants in 39 teams from around the State making the trip from under nine to under 12 age groups to showcase their skills in a non results-based competitive environment.  The Glenorchy Knights fielded teams at this festival in the under nine, 11 and 12 age-groups.  A SAP festival is held four times a year at the end of each school term.

An under 12 SAP roster is also played at KGV, Glenorchy on Sunday mornings giving players weekly games to further improve their skills and develop as a team.

The SAP program focuses on four key skills – first touch, running with the ball, striking the ball and one-on-one.

This year has seen an increased number of players from Northern Suburbs Junior Soccer Association clubs such as Derwent United and Brighton participating in the Knights SAP program. Players do not have to belong to the Glenorchy Knights junior teams to be in their SAP program and can continue to play for their local club or schools in their rostered weekend matches.

The Glenorchy Knights is one of only seven clubs with a licence from Football Federation Tasmania to run their SAP program for under nine to under 12 year old boys and girls and is the only SAP licensed club in the Northern Suburbs.

The third term of the Glenorchy Knights SAP program last month  on Mondays from 4-5pm at Prince of Wales Bay, Goodwood and Wednesdays 5-6pm at Eady Street oval, opposite Glenorchy Central. The program is coached by Glenorchy Knights senior players plus other qualified Knights coaches and costs $5 a session. To register, all players need to do is attend a session, there is no need to book.

For more information or to participate in the Glenorchy Knights SAP program contact John Peter on 0417 512 464 or visit www.glenorchyknights.com

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