PLAYERS and coaches in the central west are benefiting from a visit from Central Coast Mariners National Youth League head coach Tony Walmsley.
The Mariners and Western NSW Football established a formal partnership in March this year with the 2012 Hyundai A-League premiers able to help develop players and coaches in the central west.
The partnership also means the Mariners have access to the playing talent in the region.
“A number of players from the Western NSW Mariners under 18s team have impressed us this season and I will be using this visit as another opportunity to assess their potential to train with our National Youth League squad in the near future,” Walmsley said.
Walmsley, who is also the Mariners academy development manager, started his tour last night where he ran a player development session with Western NSW Mariners under 15s team in Orange.
“This session will be dedicated to assisting the under 15s with their combination play in attack,” he said.
Today Walmsley was heading to Dubbo to run a coach education course with the Western NSW Mariners under 18s squad as well as coaches.
“One of the fundamental aspects of our agreement with Western NSW is to assist them in providing elite education to coaches in regional areas who may otherwise not be able to access such opportunities,” Walmsley said.
“It will be great to get amongst a group of coaches who truly value the opportunity of having information from the top tier of football passed on to them.
“The Mariners first team has just commenced its football pre-season and all sessions will reflect the current thinking of Graham Arnold in terms of how we approach the technical and tactical challenges of the Hyundai A-League. We are only too happy to share this information with them.”
The trip will also allow Walmsley to discuss the future plans of the partnership between Central Coast Mariners and Western NSW Football.