Walmsley heads west for youth development

CENTRAL Coast Mariners National Youth League Head Coach and Academy Development Manager, Tony Walmsley, will head west on Wednesday to further strengthen the Mariners ties with Western NSW Football.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners National Youth League Head Coach and Academy Development Manager, Tony Walmsley, will head west on Wednesday to further strengthen the Mariners ties with Western NSW Football.

After years of informal cooperation between the 2012 Hyundai A-League Premiers and Western NSW Football, the two entities reached a formal partnership agreement in March this year.

The collaboration is focussed on coach education and player development, with key aims centred around Central Coast accessing and assessing Western NSW-s gifted talent pool.

“A number of players from the Western NSW Mariners Under 18s team have impressed us this season and I will be using this visit as another opportunity to assess their potential to train with our National Youth League squad in the near future,” Walmsley said.

Walmsley will begin his tour of New South Wales- west with a player development session with the Western NSW Mariners under 15s team in Orange on Wednesday night.

“This session will be dedicated to assisting the Under 15s with their combination play in attack,” he said.

On Thursday, Walmsley will venture to Dubbo to run a coach education course with the Western NSW Mariners Under 18s outfit and numerous knowledge-hungry local tacticians.

“One of the fundamental aspects of our agreement with Western NSW is to assist them in providing elite education to coaches in regional areas who may otherwise not be able to access such opportunities,” he said.

“It will be great to get amongst a group of coaches who truly value the opportunity of having information from the top tier of football passed on to them.”

“The Mariners first team has just commenced its football pre-season and all sessions will reflect the current thinking of Graham Arnold in terms of how we approach the technical and tactical challenges of the Hyundai A League. We are only too happy to share this information with them,” he concluded.

A key objective of Walmsley-s three-day trip will also be discussing the future plans of the partnership between Central Coast Mariners and Western NSW Football.