Albany United Launches Elite Program

A message from the board


Greetings to all our members.

Following a lengthy review, we believe the club is now ready for the next milestone in our goal to create a player development pathway.


The pathway from midget to junior, junior to youth and youth to senior. We feel we are ready to insert the Metro competition layer into the club.


The Albany United Elite Program (AUEP) will form a fundamental piece in the development of our members. The concept is no different to what is being run currently by all other clubs however the model will run differently under the Albany banner than our footballing colleagues.


The key focus for us is centred around development of our members as first priority followed very closely by affordability and delivery of promise and very close behind this transparency and communication.


For these reasons, we have spent a considerable amount of time reviewing the fundamentals of the program and whilst there is still much to do and clip-on’s that will sit alongside the program, we are ready.




The board has given its vote of confidence for the program to launch and our CDO (Coaching Development Officer), Carl Edwards will now go full steam into launching the programme into the youth sector of the club.



Understandably any program needs funding to lift off and in truth we don’t have the funding in the club to support this so have to pass on the cost to our members but believe this should not be spread to members who are not part or unable to be part of the program. This is no different to our neighbouring clubs who have a set fee for the ‘professional coaching’ their top teams receive.



So whats different then

As a board we believe all our transactions need to be transparent for our members. Being parents of players and/or having grown up with the club, our board is under no illusion everyone can simply shell out hundreds of dollars for their kids to play sport amongst hundreds of other dollars for other matters. For this reason our aim was to offer the same level of coaching so our members got the same or higher development, ensure the development is for a purpose, ensure any promises we make we keep but make it affordable. Tough challenge in today’s society.

We are confident we have achieved this and can still deliver at a minimum what is being delivered everywhere else with regards to qualified coaches and player development.



What does this mean to our current members

Our current teams where this program is being launched will have first rights to trial and make the AUEP metro teams. We are starting with 10th Grade,13th Grade, 16th Grade and 19th Grade

So simply it will mean our current members pushing themselves to a higher honour grade. Those that don’t make it this year can continue to trial as the season go on BUT the development doesn’t stop there. If we have teams below the metro grade, they to will have an option for development. In general the coaches of teams is generally a parent or friend and in normally don’t have qualifications. All teams below the metro grade have the option of entering into the program on tier 2 level. Tier 2 will understandably still have an associated cost the club isn’t able to absorb however the cost will be lower than the metro grade or tier 1 level. Those that choose not to be part of the program will continue as they are now without interruption.



So where do the funds go

For the metro grades the funds collected will be split into two streams. The first will be to contract the services of qualified coaches for the season, whilst the second stream will be used for resources required for these teams. For the grade under the metro league and whom choose to be part of the program will also have two streams. The first to obtain qualifications for the coach and the second for resources required for the team.



How qualified are the coaches

The coaches will go through scrutiny of the club to ensure they meet club values and have sufficient experience along with fitting into the club culture. For this our CDO has minimum requirements that are essential for the roles before any interviews are conducted. In some cases people will have the experience but not the qualification as we do now in the club, so our aim is to support them achieve these associated qualifications and develop.



So what if the club isn’t doing my grade this season

With the program centred around development, if you are a team or grade where the net has not reached yet, you can still be part of the program. As mentioned above, the tier 2 level can still be launched or if the coach has the right experience, we can launch the team into tier 1 and support the coach and his/her development. Please contact us to discuss this further.



The board is extremely happy with the progress and delighted to insert the program to ensure development of our membership while still housing and looking after the existing tiers we have. More information will be out soon and for those grades noted above, messages will come out to you with trial information and introduction to the club coach.



For those that wish to discuss this further with us or have more questions, thoughts, ideas or comments, please feel free to contact our CDO, Carl Edwards or contact any of the board members (information on our club website).





Club Board

Albany United FC


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