Local stars to shine

The brightest young stars of the Limestone Coast Football Association will be eager to show their best at the State Development Camp this week.

Across a huge three days starting today, a big bunch of Under 12 and 13 kids will be at the State Centre of Football in Adelaide looking to show why they have it what it takes to chase their dream.

The likes of Solomon Htoo, Noah Corfield, Will Dover, Sebastian Morello and Jamison Howley are the Under 12 representatives, while Cody Beimans, Esaie Kulimushi, Flynn Gray, Jai Hillstone, Thomas Damhuis, Liam Bidese and Joe McCorie will do their best in the Under 13’s grade.

There will also be a huge number of local girls with all players picked in the Under 13, 14 and 15 LCFA Select squads being involved in the high-level program.

Another face from the Blue Lake city present at the State Centre for Football will be LCFA CEO Chris Fleetwood, who is one of the coaches putting the talented kids through their paces.

Fleetwood said it was a golden opportunity for the youngsters to prove they had what it takes to be amongst the best in the years to come.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for them,” he said.

“We as an association are really proud to have more kids than any other association

“After we had the state championships in the June long weekend a group of boys and girls got selected for the next step on the elite pathway which is this State Development Camp.

“At this we will select a squad for state identification camp where we will select a squad which will then play in the championship with the best kids in Australia.

“We will see how they stack up and the kids will be given three days to run through various sessions and games.”

As a coach Fleetwood said players would be put through their paces across all facets of the game over the next four days.

“We are identifying kids into three categories,” he said.

“The first is about their first touch on the ball and how they control it on ground and what they can do with it.

“Then it is about how they can bring other people into the game in what we call scanning with what is happening around them.

“The third thing will be how they fit into the team structure and how they can play within that team.

“We will do a lot of skill-based, individual work before playing some smaller and larger style games.

“So we have a checklist and we will be checking it off for each kid across the three days.”

In addition to the intense nature of the sessions, Fleetwood said the conditions at the state-of-the-art centre would be another welcoming challenge for the players.

“It will also be a fantastic opportunity for the players to play on artificial pitches which is something our kids will have to get used to,” he said.

“It is great place to identify kids first touch because the ball travels really fast and flat.”

With some intense days ahead, Fleetwood had a simple message for the players participating in the statewide camp.

“I know everyone who got selected is going to have a fantastic and enjoyable time,” he said.

“I just encourage all kids to be brave, forget about fear, do not hold anything back and take this opportunity in their stride to showcase their talent.”

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