Central Coast Mariners coach Tony Walmsley accepted Football Wagga’s invitation to speak at the upcoming gala night, and will socialise with attendees.
He’s keeping the crux of his talk under wraps, but he has revealed that he will discuss the progress of his A Grade club and provide benchmarks that will help the local association measure where they stand, identify goals and understand what it takes to move forward.
“Football Wagga are interested in understanding what the opportunites for younger players are in professional football,” he said.
He praised the association for introducing a team to the State League competition, saying the exposure will open elite players to recruitment opportunities.
“However it doesn’t matter where players come from, it matters what they can do,” Walmsley said.
“There are many way to get where they want to be.”
A boost in junior participation locally reflects a groundswell of interest in the sport according to Walmsley.
“The game’s made great traction in Australia, great progress over the last 10 years,” he said.
As Football Wagga prepares to announce the 2015 Coach of the Year, The Daily Advertiser asked Walmsley what it takes to be a great coach.
“We have a mantra in the club that’s; better people, better players,” he said.
“It’s absolutely imperative in my care they become the best person they can be.”
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