Moreland City FC is pleased to announce another high-quality appointment to join its Football Development program. Kieran McDowell, a former MCSC player and coach, is coming home as the club’s Technical Director and Goalkeeping coach. Kieran has an AFC B Licence , a Level 1 AFC Goalkeeping Coach accreditation and is a VIT Registered Teacher.
Kieran will be working closely with Head of Football Development, Colin Cooper, focusing on FA Technical reports, FFA curriculum, support for coaches, player selection, Goalkeeping development and supporting the Head of Football role.
"With the momentum building in this project, I am excited to be joining as Moreland City Technical Director and Goalkeeper Coach to help deliver a well-rounded football program for our juniors. Having recently played and coached Moreland for over 8 years, this is a place so close to my heart, it was an easy decision to give back and support the juniors. What made it easier was everything going on behind the scenes and the opportunity to work with like-minded people. Being a position I have held in the past, I am keen to use my knowledge of the club and FFA's footballing strategy to offer support to Coops and the club’s junior coaches, giving them assistance in implementing our system."
As part of the Moreland City FC development program, the club is now accredited to run the Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) which focus on the Skill Acquisition Phase, the key building block in the Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Football Curriculum.
The Skills Acquisition Phase is the most important phase of player development, especially around Ball Mastery. The club has been focused on Ball Mastery for a number of years, and now is extremely excited to compliment this with the SAP program. We believe this is fundamental to developing players in the key skill development areas:
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.