New junior festivals key to identifying young stars
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05.04.2014 11:34 Age: 151 days
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New junior festivals key to identifying young stars

The first state SAP Festival will kick off tomorrow in Launceston

This Sunday, Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) will host the first of four state Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) Festivals, involving over 250 junior players from across the state for a major non-result based tournament at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston.

The festival follows on from the national skill acquisition festival held at Aurora Stadium in early march with the focus of the new state SAP Festivals engaging the local talent pool.

The SAP Festival is open to all FFT SAP Program licence holders, which includes all eight Victory League clubs and Southern Premier League club, Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

Eight clubs are participating in the inaugural festival, with up to four teams from each club participating between the ages of 10 to 12.

It is one of four SAP Festivals to be held throughout the year, with the festivals organised to provide an opportunity for the best talent in the state to showcase their talent up against appropriate competition, at no cost to the junior players.  

The focus of the festivals is on individual identification and player development, players are encouraged to play with no fear and express their skills in a non-results based festival.

Each team participating in the tournament will play at least three games across the day at Launceston City’s home ground Mitsubishi Park from 9:00AM, with the last game kicking off at 4:00PM.

FFT Technical Director Spencer Prior said the new SAP festivals are of vital importance for player development.

“This is a fundamental shift in talented junior development in Tasmania, we are trying to accelerate the learning and football skills of these players so better players are with better players more frequently with no emphasis on results.

“It is clear through the national curriculum that the skill acquisition programs are critical in developing players that lead into the advanced pathway.  We’ve had a great start to the programs in the nine clubs and we are really looking forward to seeing how the kids are progressing with the festivals,” the former Youth Matildas coach said.  

For more information on the skill acquisition programs: