Opportunity calls for coach
FOOTBALL: Callum Shute loves sharing his passion and knowledge of football with aspiring players in the South Burnett.
Next year he will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best junior coaches in Germany.
Shute has received a $1500 subsidiary to attend the Joey's Mini World Cup football tour in June 2019 based on his coaching of the under-15 South Burnett boys team at the annual tournament at the Fraser Coast last week.
"It is a really good experience for myself and Danielle Maudsley to learn and bring back what they teach us and implement it with our teams in the South Burnett,” he said.
It was the first time Shute has attended the tournament and was he proud of how his team came together.
"They went really well for a team that have only trained together for eight weeks. It was all about getting the boys to bond and gel and play great football and we had a successful tournament.”
As a coach Shute wants to see his players enjoying every minute of their time on the field.
"I enjoy teaching players new skills, watching them grow and develop and unlocking their potential,” he said.
"My coaching style is aimed at making the players enjoy the experience no matter what.”
He knows what it is like for a player to have their football career cut short, as it did for him.
After 19 years Shute had to call time on his playing days due to injury and the experience has shaped his approach to coaching.
"I want my players to enjoy every second of their experience because you never know how long you will play for,” he said.
"As a player I took everything seriously and never stopped to enjoy myself and it is all about the fun for me now.
"Now that I can't play I like to give back my time and help improve the game of other players.”
Shute was encouraged to take up coaching an U9 team in Mundubbera and then went on to coach an U9 Nanango team when he made the move to the South Burnett.
This season Shute guided the Kingaroy Redbacks cadets team to victory alongside co-coach Willem Steenkamp.
Shute is now enjoying football more than he did as a player from the sideline.
"As a coach it is more rewarding to see someone else reach their full potential,” he said.