Tuesday, 21 January 2014


FFT kickoff SAP Programs

Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) is pleased to announce the commencement of an exciting new Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) Program that is to be implemented by selected clubs in 2014.

The program is a national initiative being rolled out through Football Federation Australia across the country, with Tasmania the third state to implement the program.

All clubs within Tasmania were invited to apply for licences to run a SAP Program in their club; following the application process nine clubs have been selected and issued with SAP licences: Launceston City, South Hobart, Devonport City, Tilford Zebras, Olympia FC Warriors, Northern Rangers, Kingborough Lions, Glenorchy Knights and Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

The nine clubs selected for licences will manage specific SAP Programs, in which each selected club will bring together a squad of talented players from the ages of Under 9’s to Under 12’s, to train together twice a week.

FFT Technical Director Spencer Prior was proud to launch the programs; Prior believes the Programs will significantly aid development of players within Tasmania.

“This (SAP Programs) is something that will help underpin development within the Skill Acquisition phase, to upskill players on the four core skills,” Prior said.

“We will be working with the clubs and we will make sure the coaching is of a standard to develop a bigger pool of talented players that can feed into the Skillaroos and NTC programs.”

All eight Victory League clubs were granted licences for SAP Programs with Nelson Eastern Suburbs also given a licence.

“We are delighted to have Nelson on board as their application was outstanding and this shows if the clubs have the right models in place, it is not exclusive to the Victory League,” said Prior.

The programs will see better identification opportunities for talented players and more focused development inline with the National Curriculum.

FFT will be holding regular SAP festivals for Under 10’s to 12’s from these club programs to be used for identification, the programs will run for 36 weeks in each club with four major non-results based festivals scheduled across the year.

“We will be monitoring the progress of these players on a regular basis through SAP festivals, where all the licence holders will bring teams to play in a non-results based festival that will be used as part of creating a coaching fraternity.”

“These festivals will be the major talent identification process that FFT will use for players to come into the talented pathway,” said Prior.

Prior believes the programs will supply talented players for the Victory League as well as FFT’s talented player pathway.

“Should players not come into FFT’s pathway we now have the Victory League to provide opportunities, which is an excellent top tier competition within Tasmania.”

The newly appointed head of the Skills Acquisition Phase, Anthony Alexander will oversee Coach development within these programs to ensure standards are consistent across the state.

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