The club has ventured into a bright new era and exciting changes have occurred with the advent of the new synthetic pitches at Murdoch University and the Club's name change. Competitions from age 10 – 12 are known as “MiniRoos” and within that group the Club will operate "Development Squads" (formerly academy teams) for the ages 9 – 12. Together with the existing NPL teams (13-16), these Development Squads form the overall Youth Academy structure of the club.
9’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
"Development Squads" (formerly academy teams) for the ages 9 – 12. Together with the existing NPL teams (13-16), these Development Squads form the overall Youth Academy structure of the club.
After a very successful 2017 year for our development squads - including the 2017 U9s academy team successfully playing up in the 10s - we plan to repeat that process for 2018. Children born in 2009 have been monitored throughout the season and the best have been selected for the opportunity to be part of an U9s development squad to develop their football skills further over the summer. Following that program, the intention again is to have the team play up in one of the regular U10 leagues in the 2018 season.
Invitation letters will go out next week, so please keep an eye out if your son or daughter was born in 2009 and played Rooball at Melville City FC this year. For any questions around this upcoming program please contact Dave Kindness.
In November and December our new Technical Director, Mark Jones, ran a summer training program for eager U9s (24) and U10s (18) at Murdoch University. Spanning four weeks it was great fun but also serious football development for our members.
Over these four weeks and eight sessions, we have seen some great results:
- The boys have really progressed well. Not only have they improved their football skills and learned new ones: they also started to actively engage their brains with what they are doing on the football pitch - a crucial step in their football development
- For those new to the 2018 season's development squad this has been a great introduction to the expected standards of participation and learning, and for the others it will set them up for a very successful football season as well
- Despite expected end-of-year fatigue, the boys were all committed and have overall participated enthusiastically and respectfully: it really was a great group to work with.
In this short amount of time the boys have learned an enormous amount from Mark's experience, and it's a great start of many more things to come from Mark with MUM FC. Not only the boys though, also the volunteer coaches who assisted Mark have learned a lot from working alongside him and observing how he puts his vast experience into practice with our youngsters. This will in turn benefit your children and the club as a whole.
Many thanks also to volunteer assistant coaches Wim Schoeman, Marc Scannel, Ryan Menezes and Hooman Baickdeli for their coaching assistance during these four weeks.