Centre of Excellence to help club

JUNIOR soccer players in the Whitsundays will have the opportunity to improve their skills as part of a new Centre of Excellence program this year.

Whitsunday senior coach Nick Hodgen will be hosting the program that is run by Football Queensland and managed in Mackay by Tony Britton.

Players aged between 9-13 can take part in the program that will start in mid-February.

Hodges wife and junior coach Dawn said the program would help advance player's soccer skills such as how to receive the ball properly and where to position themselves on the field during play.

"They will be learning more skills in the program then what they would learn in a normal game," she said.

"It will make them a stronger team and give the players a future in the sport."

A $50 fee is involved for children to participate that includes a training t-shirt and socks. Hodgen said she hoped the program would encourage more kids to play soccer.

"It will give them a higher level of skills and game knowledge," she said.

Whitsunday FC president Steve Tween said the set curriculum would also help the junior soccer club breed their own seniors.

The junior club will be hosting their sign-on day on February 4 at the Whitsunday Sports Park from 3.30pm

For more information about the Centre of Excellence program, contact Nick or Dawn Hodgen on 4945 1740 after 5.30pm.


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