South Coast Flame is very happy to announce the Youth Boys coaching team 2022.
It was another strong showing from the club in the interrupted 2021 NPL 2 Youth Boys competition.
The Flame youth program provides opportunities to players from nine years old to progress through the club to the senior teams.
Zander Alston who has progressed through the system featured heavily for the First-Grade squad in 2021.
Technical Director of the Youth Boys program Matt Borg, who has been involved with the Flame since 2017, pin-pointed promotion to the highest competition available for the Flame as the main aim for 2022.
“The club does continue to grow, I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength, from the admin to the board, even the quality of players we are now producing at the Flame,” he said.
“I think it would be great for the region to have two NPL clubs playing at the highest level because this region has been synonymous for producing great players.”
Flame’s inaugural Head Coach Paul Robaard will coach the Under-16s squad next year having coached the Under-15s and the Under 12s Skills Acquisition Program last campaign.
Robaard is one of Flame’s longest-serving coaches having been involved since 2013 with the then Football South Coast representative set up and he has a wealth of playing and coaching experience.
Bradley Moreira will take charge of the Under-15s side for next season after a successful season with the Under-14s last season.
Moreira, who has proven to be a young highly driven coach is going into his second season with the club and will be looking to have another impressive season.
Brandon Groom has also been with the Flame for a number of years both as a player and a coach and will coach the Under-14s for 2022.
This will be Groom’s third year with the Flame after experiencing his first taste as a head coach at the club last year.
The Under-13s will be coached by former South Korean International Cho Byung-Kuk who is going into his first year with the Flame.
Cho has significant professional experience including winning the Asian Champions League and earning several appearances for his country.
Borg is delighted to have someone like Cho on board for next year, hoping that he will pass on his experience and help him develop his coaching.
“I’ve seen Cho’s coaching from afar and decided early in the season [last season] that we wanted to help him develop in his coaching and we thought the Flame would be the perfect opportunity for him to do so and we are very fortunate he’s come on board,” he said.
Borg explained the importance of having good coaches to improve player development.
“I spend a lot of time with the coaching staff,” he said.
“We believe that if we can produce high-level, quality coaching then the players are going to develop from that.
“I believe we have a fantastic culture right through the club. The people have great personal qualities. They like to help our youth players be open-minded, learn how to play the game with a growth mindset, be mentored by great coaches and feedback aimed at their personal development.”
South Coast Flame wish all new Youth Boys coaches the best of luck for 2022.
The club is also happy to announce the 2022 Mixed Skills Acquisition Program coaching team.
Meco Tripodi will be the Technical Director in his first season with the Flame.
Tripodi is heavily involved in the Sydney FC schools program as well as being the South Coast Fan Development Officer and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“I think number one for me is the development of the individual. We’re not trying to just develop a footballer but we’re trying to develop an individual,” he said.
“Teaching them to respect coaches, to respect team-mates but to also to know that things don’t come easy. That you’ve got to work hard for what you want.”
Godfrey Franco and Paul Robaard will coach the Under-12s squad for next year.
Franco specialises in Coerver coaching; a style centred around individual technical improvements.
He will be supported by experienced coach Paul Robaard.
Next year, Robaard will also take charge of the Under-16s squad.
Robaard has a keen understanding of what is required for players to transition from youth to senior football.
In the Under-11s, Coach Tony Dzeparoski will be assisted by Nathan Pegler.
Dzeparoski has shown great development as a coach and is keen to learn and develop.
Pegler has vast coaching experience at the local level as a senior head coach.
This group of players have shown significant development in the past two years that they have been coached by this team.
The Under-10s will be coached by Michael Panozzo with Carlo Stella assisting him.
This will be the pair’s second season coaching together.
Panozzo has a long history with Flame coaching in both the Youth and Senior programs at the club.
Stella is at the start of his coaching journey playing locally at a high level for a number of years before signing for the Flame First-Grade side where he has been a key figure for the side.
The club is also very excited to announce former Sydney FC and Australian Youth International player Adam Casey will coach the Under-9s team with the Technical Director of the program Tripodi assisting him.
Casey has had significant experience at the highest level giving him a detailed understanding of what is required.
Another former first-team coach Neil Mineeff along with Enzo Sansone will act as supporting coaches for the program in 2022.
Mineeff has a keen knowledge of the game while Sansone also has great pedigree in the game.
Next years’ coaching team for the Mixed SAP program offers a blend of experienced, young and dynamic coaches which offers an exciting prospect.
The club wishes all coaches for the various programs the best of luck for 2022.