Football players taking on extra training to hone skills
ASPIRING South Burnett football stars are braving the cold this winter and pulling on their boots for extra training sessions as part of the South Burnett Stingers program.
Players from under-9s through to U14s are working hard to improve their skills so they can put them to work at carnivals across the state and during South Burnett club fixtures.
Danielle Maudsley, who is helping oversee the program, said it was exciting to see the young players' enthusiasm to embrace opportunities.
"It allows the kids to improve their skills and gives them more opportunities for more training,” Maudsley said.
"It has given the kids a chance to train and play kids they haven't played before, and creates a good relationship between the clubs.
"The whole idea is to promote kids in sport being active and increase the inclusive status of football in the South Burnett.”
Players in the U9, U10 and U11 teams will get their first taste of playing in a carnival this weekend as they hit the road for Ipswich on Sunday.
Maudsley said the kids were keen to play somewhere different and the carnival would give them a chance to see how they match up against players from different regions.
They will then get stuck into training to prepare for Warwick's carnival the following week, leading up to the Joey's Mini World Cup in September.
"We have trained them as their teams this year to get team bonding and for field awareness, and puts them in good stead for other opportunities,” Maudsley said.
The Stingers program is the kids' first taste of representative football, providing them training opportunities with coaches from National Premier League team South West Thunder.
The biggest contingent of South Burnett kids are playing for the Thunder this season, and Maudsley said the Stingers program was designed to be a stepping stone for players.