Residential Programme Huge Success

Residential Programme Huge Success

Yesterday marked the end of our residential program for January 2019. 10 teams completed the camp at Peregian Beach College over the 11 day period. Each team took part in multiple field sessions, futsal, games against Maroochydore F.C and also recovery sessions in the swimming pool.

The camp is the only residential programme being delivered consistently in Queensland and is the brain child of Fire Technical Director, Melvyn Wilkes.

“It’s a concept I originally came across in UK having delivered residential programmes for Manchester City” he said.

“This week we have focused a lot on tactical shaping with all our squads to get them ready for the season ahead.”

“It’s great to be able to deliver the programme to our academy players at the Fire. The improvement Gareth and I have seen in our squads is fantastic and we look forward to going again in July.”

Melvyn also spoke about the importance of having the girls SAP involved, saying “At the Fire we like to give the girls the exact same treatment as the boys. Girls football is just as important and we look forward to continue growing our girls pathway for the long term.”

Melvyn was joined by Head of SAP and u18s coach, Gareth Thomson for the residential and he certainly seen the value of the camp as well.

“It’s great to get so much contact time with our players. We were impressed with how hard the players worked under hot conditions and how they conducted themselves while on site” Gareth said.

Gareth also spoke about the impact the programme had on the SAP players. “We’re finding that alot of our SAP players are coming to us technically proficient but lacking in game understanding. It’s great to have time to really develop their understanding of how to use the space on the field, on the ball and off.”

The next residential is due to be delivered in July this year with our u12-18s.

A massive thank you to all our coaching and backroom staff who helped deliver the programme. Also a massive thank you to Gavin and Maroochydore for bringing their teams down.

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