The purpose of our Under 13 team is to provide an environment where players are receiving the best instruction possible while developing elite football players to play competitive football. The ultimate aim is to produce quality football player while providing an extremely positive and fun experience.
Our goal is to prepare our players for the future, both on and off the field. The focus with the U13 girls will be on providing a solid foundation of technical skill. In line with the National Football Curriculum we will look to develop the 4 core skills when in possession of the ball – first touch, striking the ball, 1 v 1 and running with the ball. Teamwork, work ethic, time management, responsibility, discipline and respect will be emphasized.
The goal is to grow each of our players as individuals and as football players.
Head Coach Division 1 – Tessa Curtain
Tessa is head coach of our U13 Blue team this year after being co-head coach of our U13 team in 2016.
She completed her C licence in 2016 and has completed part 1 of her B licence in April this year. Part 2 will be taking place in October 2017. Tessa has also taken part in FFV coach developer courses and workshops where she is involved with coach education and programs such as the CCC (Club Coach Coordinator) program. After re-rupturing her ACL in 2016 she has been able to focus more on her coaching career.
“We have a great group of young talented players which I am lucky enough to coach again this year. I am very excited to see the continuing development of each player for years to come.”
Assistant Coach Division 1- Dan Shaw (0428 223 320)
Dan is the Assistant Coach of our U13 Blue team this year, a position where he can continue to develop as a Coach with the guidance of Tessa. Dan completed his C-Youth licence in 2016 and is also the current 2017 Ballarat and District Soccer Association under 16 girls Coach. Prior to this Dan was still playing football until the end of the 2016 season, but has now decided he would like to place all of his efforts in to Coaching.
“As a new Coach I was unsure what to expect. This club and this group of highly talented players and parents have made me feel right at home and given me their total support. I look forward to growing as a Coach as the girls grow as leaders both on and off the field.”
Head Coach Division 2 – Carsten Berberich
Carsten is Head Coach of our Division 2 team this year, following on from being an Assistant Coach with the U13 team in 2016. Carsten has completed the training for his C-Youth licence in 2016, as well as previously completing the Skills Acquisition Training course. Carsten has previously trained U11 girls’ squads with Victoria Park FC and is the 2016 and current year BDSA U12 girls’ squad coach.
“Working with the U13 girls at this club is really fun and rewarding, watching the girls grow in skills, knowledge and confidence in the totally supportive environment generated by both club and parents.”
Assistant Coach Division 2 – Claire Demuth
Claire is assistant Coach of our Division 2 team this year and is a current Senior player. Claire is 17 years old and has competed at the National Youth Girls Championships for Victoria twice in 2012 and 2013. She also has experienced playing in the U13 open league for Ballarat North, and understands the challenges the girls are facing coming up against the boys in this league.
Although this is Claire’s first year coaching, she is enjoying learning and acquiring the skills for coaching.
“Coaching is giving me a new perspective on the game. I want to give back to the club and give the girls opportunities to improve wherever possible. I would have loved to have had this club when I was growing up and am so pleased to see the interest in girls soccer growing. I look forward to watching the girls develop and become the next generation of players for the club”