2021 Skills Development Programme

The aim of our Skills Development Programme is to develop and progress the young players of our club to advance their skills, playing ability and confidence on the pitch to become the best footballers possible. We have developed a program based on NZF best practices that fits all ages and skill levels to ensure every player gets the most out of the program and this will be delivered by NZF qualified coaches.
 
Starting at the beginning of each school term will be delivering a structured skills and attributes program over an 8-week term delivered by Andrew Mobberley and assisted by other NZ qualified coaches which will provide:
 
-              Improvement in individual skill level
-              A greater technical appreciation of the game
-              Technical ability on the ball with a better awareness and confidence
-              A better understanding of positional play and the movement required both on and off the    ball

Open to 5th to 12th Grade:

- 5th - 12th Grade  - 4.30pm - 5.30pm on Tuesdays

- Location - From Term 2 this will be held on Field 4 at Rosedale Park (near the toilet block at the far end)

Cost - $ 80 per term

Reviews from 2019 Programmes

"The skills training is great for players who would like to improve in all aspects of football. The difference in players doing the skills training and those who don't in the same age group is huge. I can definitely recommend skills training for any child that loves the game and would like to improve and prepare for the season." - Parent of child who participated

"The skills centre is a very professionally run programme, with great coaching, activities and drills. It is great value for money and I can already see a noticeable difference - Nikki" - Parent of child who participated

"Fantastic programme. Thank you to all the dedicated coaches for having the patience to teach these kids not only football, discipline as well. My son really enjoyed the programme and looking forward to next term sessions. I'm really happy with the progress he has made." - Parent of child who participated

"Fantastic programme with the right level of time spent on single activities and to maintain engagement whilst having fun. All the kids have progressed well, enjoy it and I'm sure are delighted to have been part of it. Coach Kieran has been excellent and extremely pleased he has taken the skills class." - Parent of child who participated

Delivered by Andrew Mobberley

Playing Experience:

Played in Lotto NRFL Premier division & Lotto NRFL Division 1 & 2. 

Played in New Zealand's National League in 2015. 

10 international appearances for Samoa. 

Played Victorian state league (AUS) 2013-2014

U19 Youth contract player in Spain 2009-2010. 

U19 Youth contract for professional club Sporting Kansas City. 


Awards and Qualifications:

New Zealand Grassroots Coaching Award. 

Junior level 1, 2 & 3 coaching awards. 

C license (in progress). 

Bachelors Degree in Sport & Recreation, majoring in Sports Management with minor in Coaching. 

10 years coaching experience in First Kicks, Junior and Youth levels.


All inquiries please email skillscentre@albanyunited.org

Goalkeeper Academy

The purpose of these sessions is to improve your child's goal keeping abilities and players will be coached in small groups. 

Nathan Irwin is our Goalkeeping coach and brings a vast amount of experience for someone so young. He made his Lotto NRFL Reserves Debut at 15 and is looking to progress and push for a first team spot this season.

The course will cover all the folowing areas:

  • Handling
  • Scooping
  • Catching
  • High balls
  • Reaction work
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Quick decision making
  • Positioning & Movements
  • Diving
  • Guarding the goal
  • Guarding the space
  • Sweeper positioning
  • Distribution
  • Receiving
  • Short pass
  • Throw
  • Long pass (goal kick)
  • Kicking out of hands

 

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