Article by Luke Sorenson
The 2017 season was one that delivered great success and a positive upward surge for Nerang Soccer Club with the Eagles narrowly missing out on promotion to the local Premier League. Following on from those achievements it is with great excitement that we would like to announce our new appointments in our senior men’s coaching roster for the 2018 season.
Nevertheless, our side is young and with a growing pool of emerging talent coming through from club’s training academy – Academy of Football Australia – the future prospects for further success and growth for the Eagles are looking exceptional.
To read more and to hear what Sam and Gary have to say ... click here!
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To say there is unrest in the Gold Coast Football community would have to be the biggest understatement of 2017... This has resulted in many kids floating about, unsure of where they will be playing in 2018, with only 12 weeks to go before the start of the season this is not where you want to be!
At AFA and Nerang we know exactly where we are going, we have our coaches and teams training four nights a week from now until Christmas. We will be starting up again on January 3, 2018.
We welcome you to come down to West Fields if you have been left high and dry and without a team. Many of our players, play up a year so we offer flexibility in teams, in some of our age groups we are offering multiple teams, so if you have the skill and the right attitude - come on down!
West Fields, Nerang Broadbeach, Carrara
5.00 pm to 6.30 pm (ish) Monday through to Thursday
Football Gold Coast has decided to start the season earlier to offset the down period during the Commonwealth Games.
Please see below for details. Nerang Soccer Club will be sending out sign on and registration details soon.
Competition Juniors (U12 to U18) ⚽⚽⚽
Important changes for 2018
Gary Scott Director of Instruction and a team of coaches will be taking the players through drills, tests both physical and aptitude. The Academy of Football provides the guidance but we believe it is up to you, what you do with it.
The Academy of Football Australia trains Monday to Thursday four nights a week for 48 weeks of the year. Our very best players have attendance records upwards of 95%, if you want to be your best and are prepared to train and learn. Then we would love to see you.
Want to know more Post season football training on the Gold Coast only $400.00 for 11 weeks of training Contact Suzana on 0403 046 603 or email email@example.com
Date: 9th October to 18th December
Monday to Thursday
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm*
Carrara Sports Complex
Nerang Broadbeach Rd, Carrara
Ages: 11-18 years**
Price: $400.00 (AFA members $350.00)
Contact: 0403 046 603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Emelie has been with us for a few months now, and we thought it was about time that she 'spilled the beans' on her career as a professional football player in Sweden and why she moved to Australia.
Why did you come to Australia? When I was five, my cousin and role model moved to Australia to study at Griffith, and the only thing I wished for my 6th birthday was to be old enough to do the same. And when I was, I went!
How did you get started in football? I got introduced to football during a summer-football camp held by SvFF (Swedish Football Association), and just fell in love with the sport!
Did you play just football growing up? Both yes and no, when I was really young I tried a bunch of sports such as gymnastics, swimming, boule, golf etc. But as soon as football started getting serious, you sort of need to choose where to put your time and effort – and football for me was the obvious choice. Although, to keep fit during the off-season, our team always joined floorball season as it’s perfect strength, condition and quick movement training!
What made you leave the sport? You never really leave the sport, but for me it was due to a knee-injury caused by a traffic accident. After 2 years of surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, it was pretty clear that I would never be able to go back to playing professionally again.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your journey? Hmm, this is a tough one as there’s just so many. Honestly, I think the main lesson football has taught me is that your team (and coach) is your family, and needs to be treated accordingly. You spend more hours with them every day than with anyone else. Also, there is no such thing as quitters in football – you need to put 200% in to everything you do, and believe that you can go all the way, both as individuals and as a team.
Thank you, Emelie for sharing your story with us.
The AFA Team
Heading into the 2nd half of the season we want to continue our success and ensure we don't get complacent. With the demand on our elite players physically, mentally and emotionally we are taking proactive steps to bring some experts in to discuss options to help you the parents, the players and coaching staff.
On Tuesday 4th July we have strengths mindset coaches Nicole Feledy and Danny Crouch coming to our clubhouse to discuss performance coaching. They will address methods and strategies for players and families to implement on the field, in studies, and at home. Nicole and Danny work with elite athletes to overcome and avoid depression, anxiety and stress - all symptoms we want our teenage boys NOT to face.
The presentation will run for around 45 minutes for parents and players (Parents must be present). There will be two-time slots - 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm with only 20 player spots each, both parents are welcome to attend.
Attending players will be given the opportunity later that week to participate in a mindset workshop to develop their individual thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. These programs are designed to enhance self-efficacy, emotional intelligence and communication to maximise their performance both on and off the field.
These strategies have successfully been trialled and tested in the US and we believe this is a great opportunity for the wellbeing of all players within the Academy. Here is a short video displaying results of a successful ice hockey team who implemented strengths mindset coaching into their team.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVNY_V3gsXI
Book into a session: https://goo.gl/forms/KKMQNUZDjSRCx5R12
Read more: https://www.smore.com/3cdpu-sports-mindset-coaching
If you have any questions...
Send them through to the Academy of Football Australia administration team at:
Looking forward to seeing you there - AFA Team