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Issue 27 Offside March 2013

From the Editor

We’ve got a big issue of Offside this month, including coaching, coaching and more coaching! March is Grassroots Football Month so we’ve got Small Sided Football coaching courses on offer at your Clubs!

I interviewed Ger Connelly from Dunbar Rovers, who is currently undertaking his Senior C Licence coaching course. You can read all about it below and I wish him the best of luck.

If you haven’t seen it on TV yet, make sure you check out the Play Football commercial that starred Alessandro Del Piero and our Marouba United player, Ella.

All this and much more. During March I’ll also be building up to the season with lots of competition info so keep your eyes on the ESFA website and the next issue of Offside.

- Gregory Calacouris

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Free Coaching Courses on Offer for Small Sided Football

ESFA is offering all Clubs the opportunity to participate in a free Grassroots Coaching Course at your home ground.

The course will be run by ESFA’s coaching staff and will educate all Small Sided Football coaches on how to coach all of your budding 6 to 11 year olds.

The 3-hour course will allow each Club to run their own internal programs with trained and accredited coaches. Our coaches will follow up the courses with a second visit to one of your chosen training nights.

The course is part of ESFA’s continued dedication to SSF and ensures that Clubs are provided with accessible coaching and knowledge from our coaching staff and will have our continued support.

We encourage all SSF coaches take part in this initiative. If you are interested to participate, please contact your Club secretary to find out when your Club is hosting the course.

When Ella met Alessandro Del Piero

It felt like something of a fairytale when 9 year old local Maroubra United player Ella came face to face with Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero. 

Ella played a starring role in the official ‘Play Football’ television commercial alongside her club teammates emphasising, “it’s a good way to stay fit and have fun with your friends”. The lucky starry-eyed footballer was part of FFA and Football NSW’s television commercial that was shot at Football NSW’s Valentine Sports Park.

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Ger can C the pathway to success

Eager to progress his coaching beyond amateur football, Gerard Connelly recently undertook the Senior C Licence Coaching Course at Valentine Sports Park.

Left without a coach midway through the season in 2010, Connolly took up a coaching role with his Club, Dunbar Rovers. Following the FFA coaching pathway since, the C Licence is his first step into advanced coaching.

“I have always wanted to take my coaching further than just throwing down a few cones and playing a game,” he explains.

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NSW Police take home the Cup

The NSW Police defeated the Eastern Suburbs Football Association on Friday night to take home the 2013 NSW Police Cup.

The tournament, held at Bicentennial Park, was a significant turnaround from last year with the NSW Police sponsored by the Police Association and the Police Bank winning the series 2-0 against ESFA teams, Coogee United AAW1 and Dunbar Rovers AA.

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Female only Junior Licence Coaching Course in March

A Junior Licence Coaching Course for female participants only will be held in March at Coral Sea Park.

The fourteen (14) hour course is designed to help those coaches who are training 8 – 11 year old players and will provide ideas on how to create a positive learning environment for the players.

Dates: Saturdays - 9th & 16th March
Times: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $90
Venue: Coral Sea Park, Yorktown Parade, Maroubra

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Limited places available in SAP representative team

There are limited places available for the ESFA Skills Acquisition Program team for 2013.

Interested players in the Girls U9-U11 and Boys U10-U11 age groups may apply for the high quality program. Spaces are limited so you will need to be quick!

For more information about SAP, click here to download the FNSW document outlining the structure of SAP.

Players will need to attend and trial on one of our training days - contact the ESFA Office on 8347 8800 or info@esfa.com.au to register.

Referee Course held in March

Want to become a referee? Places are limited in our upcoming referee course. Join now in time for the 2013 winter season.

Level 4 Referee Course
: Tuesday 5th, Thursday 7th, Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th March
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm each night
Where: Juniors @ The Junction (formerly Maroubra RSL) - Cnr Haig St & Anzac Parade Maroubra NSW 2035

The cost is $40 and the minimum age is 13. You must attend all days to complete the course.

Places are limited and selling out fast, to book a spot please contact our Referees Coordinator, Caroline Oakes-Ash, on 8347 8803 or referees@esfa.com.au to confirm your place.

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What's On

Referee Level 4 Course
5, 7, 12 & 14 March

Female Only Junior Licence Coaching Course
9 & 16 March

Team Nominations Due
11 March

Deadline to register in time for Round 1
22 March

Round 1
6/7 April

Sydney FC Fixtures

v Perth Glory
@ NIB Stadium - 2 Mar

v Central Coast Mariners
@ Allianz Stadium - 9 Mar

v Melbourne Victory
@ Allianz Stadium - 16 Mar

v West Sydney Wanderers
@ Parramatta Stadium - 23 Mar

v Brisbane Roar
@ Suncorp Stadium - 28 Mar

Trial Matches

If your team is organising a trial don't forget to submit a completed Trial Match Request form to your Club secretary beforehand.

Thanks to Football NSW

A special thanks to FNSW Chairman Greg O'Rourke, CEO Eddie Moore, and Board Member Simon Phillips for taking the time to meet our Clubs in a Q&A session on Monday night.

Sydney Uni win Kennard Cup

Sydney University SFC defeated UNSW FC in the historic Kennard Cup at David Phillips Sports Field last weekend.

Maroubra United hosting SSF Coaching course

Maroubra United are hosting the free ESFA run coaching course for SSF at Coral Sea Park on Saturday.

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