NNSWF players encouraged to maximise the opportunity presented by the National Youth Championships

Ryan Doidge is confident Northern NSW Football players are well prepared to use the opportunity to play in the National Youth Championships to challenge themselves and use it as a crucial step in their development. 

Players from across Australia are preparing to travel to Sydney and Wollongong with the 2023 National Youth Championships kicking off on Monday. 

Doidge, NNSWF’s Technical Director will be at the boys and girls tournaments. His role will include supporting NNSWF coaches and looking to provide professional development opportunities while also running his eye over some of the most talented players from the region.

“Players competing in Nationals are going to get an incredible experience and it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their abilities amongst other identified players not just from northern NSW but nationally,” Doidge said. 

“NNSWF have worked hard off the field to create a talent identification process that we are really happy with and as a result, we have got four strong teams that are going to go and represent not just themselves and not just northern NSW but all of the clubs that are in our footprint.

“For the first time in recent years, NNSWF has players from six of our Member Zones from Far North Coast Football right down to the Hunter.

“In preparation for these tournaments, NNSWF has had the squads participate in four training sessions and a two-day training camp. We have extended the training schedules to allow players to continue building and preparing which has been great.

“Thank you to the Newcastle Jets for supporting us with some morning training sessions to allow players whose season has been finished for a few weeks now to continue their development and their preparation for National Youth Championships.”

The Football Australia National Youth Championships for boys will be played from Monday 2 October to Friday 6 September. The girls championships will follow from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October. 

All member federations will be represented at the tournaments, with NNSWF entering under-14s and 16s girls teams as well as under-14s and 15s boys teams.

“It’s a really good opportunity to play in an environment against some of the nation’s best players,” Doidge said.

“I hope that our players feel proud to represent their area and it’s a great opportunity to showcase what talent we have in this area.

“Going to the National Youth Championships is a cumulation of a year’s player development process and is the pinnacle of our Talented Player Pathway. I look forward to them bringing that to life in a high-intensity, high-engaged and no-fear-of-failure environment.

“We hope we can continue to support players achieve their ambitions of representing the green and gold.

“I personally want to wish all players and coaches good luck for the upcoming championships and look forward to watching them showcase the undoubted level of talent from across the northern NSW footprint. 

The Boys National Youth Championships will be held at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood from 2 to 6 October, with the Girls NYC to follow from 9 to 13 October utilising the premium sporting facilities of WIN Stadium and JJ Kelly Park in Wollongong.

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