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The Strathalbyn Football Club are pleased to announce that former junior Darcy Springhall has been named to head the clubs junior development for season 2016.

The newly created position will see Springhall work closely with all of the clubs junior teams, from Auskick to Senior Colts. In addition, Springhall will look to provide resources, accreditation and ongoing support to the club’s coaches to ensure that each and every player is given every opportunity to improve and develop.

 

Springhall, 26, is the current head coach of Cardijn College’s XVIII and he will put to use all of the experience he has gained from his time coaching at South Adelaide under some high profile coaches.

"Working with coaches with the experience of Tony Bamford, Julian Farkas, Adam Jeffries, Steven Jaggard and Damian Smith, you tend to take a lot out of training sessions. I aim to bring all of that and more back to Strathalbyn to give those in control of our junior teams all the tools they need to be successful," Springhall said.

"Strathalbyn has been blessed with an array of great junior coaches over the years, from Greg Billington and Alby Cousins, to Ron Blight and James Walsh.”

“It's coaches like this who developed the players we see in our A grade today, so hopefully by investing more and more time and resources into our juniors we can uncover the next Marc Elliott, Ben Simounds or Daniel Pegler.

"The coaches we have currently involved within the club are as good as we have had throughout my time here. I definitely believe these men are going to steer us in the right direction in 2016 and beyond, and I really look forward to working with them."

Springhall’s major focus will be ensuring every junior player is given the opportunity to develop, and enjoy him or herself in a family friendly environment.

"We have a fantastic junior committee, very supportive parents, and a tremendously talented and dedicated group of young footballers who will be given every chance to excel within our program. The club has already hosted events aimed at our junior members, such as the family fun day and the Mental Health Awareness seminar.”

Springhall also said a goal of his is to see a women’s side formed in Strathalbyn.

"There are a number of women in Strathalbyn and the greater community who would like to give football a try, we will be aiming to provide them an opportunity to do that as soon as possible."

The clubs Senior Coach Michael Simmons feels the focus on junior development will strengthen the club as a whole.

“This is a very proactive move by the Strathalbyn Football Club, as there can never be enough investment in your junior footballers and their development. To have a position like this, you need the right individual and Darcy ticks all the boxes. We have some exciting talent within the club and I look forward to working with Darcy to ensure this talent is nurtured to its maximum potential.”

Club President Andrew Batten said Springhall will add a new dimension to the club.

“Darcy will add a dimension to our club which will ensure that talent is fully identified and coaches are working together to not only develop talent for the Strathalbyn Football Club but, hopefully, beyond by guiding young players to realise their potential.”

Our renewed focus on junior development and our commitment to providing our players high-level coaching, coupled with our major facilities upgrade will position the club and our players for success in the coming years.

The club welcomes all new and perspective players and support staff. Any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact the club on (08) 8536 2614 or Darcy directly via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 0430926345.

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Strath Prioritises Junior Development

The Strathalbyn Football Club are pleased to announce that former junior Darcy Springhall has been named to head the clubs junior development for season 2016.

The newly created position will see Springhall work closely with all of the clubs junior teams, from Auskick to Senior Colts. In addition, Springhall will look to provide resources, accreditation and ongoing support to the club’s coaches to ensure that each and every player is given every opportunity to improve and develop.

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