Moreland City is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Cooper in a ‘Head of Football Development’ role aimed at supporting player development and to working closely with our coaches.
In a deliberate move to address the time lost through interrupted seasons the club and Colin have been working behind the scenes to come up with ways to complement the FFA National Football Curriculum. Well-being and time-management with school and social life is also something we see as a priority as we return to both.
The club continues to build on its high-performance culture investing in state of the art equipment such as GPS tracking (over 50 units), with the aim to have every NPL player fitted with a unit.
The club is also looking to get a third VEO Sports Camera, which will live stream games and to have the ability for every NPL team to distribute footage and analysis to parents and players.
Training principles and methods, pre-game and post-game nutrition, warm-up protocols, injury management and prevention and elements of sports psychology are all part of a platform to cultivate the ‘whole’ player. A ‘Four-Corner’ model will be touched upon where Physical, Social, Psychological and Technical aspects of a player is consistent with a growth mindset and may assist with identifying areas of possible improvement.
Most importantly the whole coaching team is looking forward to getting back on the grass to deliver the FFA National Football Curriculum with our boys and girls.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for ‘Coops’. As a player he was named in Moreland City’s Team of the Century and he also was a player, captain and coach of the senior team through the years of 1994-2000. Colin also played for Australia at a youth World Cup.
This is a match made in heaven with the club’s ambitions to develop players for the future. A teacher at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Colin’s background in Physical Education, Welfare, Sport Psychology and Sports Science complement his football background. He also lectures at the National PEAK Physical Education Conference at the MCG as a leading practitioner in the ‘Game Sense’ teaching and coaching pedagogy.
Colin has coached the PEGS 1st XI to a record 10 AGSV Premierships over a 25-year coaching span including the winning the nationwide Bill Turner Cup, a tournament that started with 407 schools across the country. He’s also got years of experience in the NPL system and was Hume City’s inaugural Academy coach.
Coops is glad to be back at MCFC.
“This just feels right. Moreland City is a place of some of my greatest memories and friendships. I respect the people within the club and admire where the club is today.
I can’t wait to team up with the coaches and the parents as we support the players getting back into stride after missing so much football. We have a well thought out plan that, importantly, is achievable and aimed at personal and player development.
Senior Coach Adrian Mathers has not only been consistently successful through his management and depth of football knowledge but I love the way he is prepared to give youngsters a go if their attitude and ability take his eye.
If I could get one message across to our parents it’s get your child back down at the club as soon as we are all allowed because this is going to be a great time at the club. MCFC is a unique environment and a ‘Love of the Game’ is a message preached from the President down and lived by its people.
And for those thinking about coming down to trial for NPL just do it. This is a special place where the kids are nourished and the whole family is welcomed.”
Don’t hesitate to enrol as Moreland City have some spots available in the NPL for those wishing to be part of a friendly and progressive club.
2022 is shaping up to be a big year. The committee has worked hard during lockdown to secure the support of Google. They will provide the club with the back bone of basic IT infrastructure so we can become collaborative, productive, and efficient with Google Workspace. The club will start to transition to a more smart and secure business apps like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, and Google Meet, so we can focus on what matters - you and your kids!
The finance department entered the club into a funding round with Google and was the recipient of $10,000 USD grant. This is an amazing result, and will will allow the club to enhance its digital footprint.
The club is now working on it You Tube and Google earth visualizations.
Your feedback is welcomed as we rebrand and upgrade the clubs image.
2021 has certainly been another year of ups and downs for our state, and for football.
We brushed off the cobwebs of 2020 and saw a positive return to football in 2021, enjoying some exhilarating runs of play, giving us all hope that we could complete the football season.
But COVID-19 has proved to be a truly fierce adversary and, sadly, we once again find ourselves in a very challenging landscape for football.
FV’s vision is to provide Football For All, Anywhere, Anytime, and alongside the valuable feedback of our stakeholders, this has continued to shape our decision making process. Importantly though, the safety of our community sits above all else, as our most important consideration for all football decisions throughout the pandemic.
Our NPL and Competitions teams have worked day and night to produce an extraordinary body of work, planning multiple scenarios for every competition. This work is detailed, well-considered and milestone driven.
We would like to express our gratitude to our football community, who have engaged in roundtable discussions, completed surveys and provided direct feedback to the team, all of which has been absolutely essential for us to best align with the needs of our community.
Many of the planned scenarios have been eliminated in recent weeks, due to the key dates passing with extended lockdowns across the state. Unfortunately, the most recent Government announcement means our options to complete the 2021 season for our metropolitan Melbourne competitions have now reached an end.
The lockdown extension through September, with no guaranteed timeframe for a safe return to football, leaves us with no choice but to cancel the 2021 season for all metropolitan Melbourne competitions:
FV will engage directly with the Clubs involved in our Nike F.C. Cup and Dockerty Cup finals, to determine if these matches can be played before the end of the year.