To further unify Marconi Stallions FC from the bottom to the top an innovation has been introduced into the program in 2021. The aim is to have the top support the junior program and in return the junior program to support the senior.
The innovation is the Mentor Program.
Men’s NPL 1 players are now spending spend half an hour per week with their allocated team- 2 players per team. (3 in some cases)
Younger NPL players with Boys SAP Program (Ages 9 to 12)
Senior NPL players with Boys Youth (Ages 13 to 16 years)
Players have already started meeting with their teams and are getting to know the players – they take an active part in the session – chatting with the players and building relationships with them. The purpose of the Program is for the senior players to help the younger ones develop their games, their character, ability to handle pressure and help them with any issues along the way. (Photos at training)
Players in the NPL are from varying occupational backgrounds – schoolteachers, physiotherapists, personal trainers, Auto Mechanics, a farmer – so many varying backgrounds to offer support and advice to the younger players. We also have a player Mason Ingram who works with disabled children.
In turn, the Boys SAP and Youth are getting to know the NPL players and take an interest in how the team is going.
Last Thursday the Mentors of the Boys Youth Program attended training to present the teams with their playing jerseys and gear bags for 2021. (photos)
Head Coach Peter Tsekenis is in full support of the Mentor Program.
“It is important that the whole club is engaged in the Football Program. The Mentor System does just this -there is no better way than to have the young players at the club look to the older more senior players for guidance and direction.”
“With Mental Health becoming an increasingly prevalent issue it is now even more important that young players have the support they need, both within the family at home and also in this case their football family at Marconi.”
The Mentors for the Boys SAP Program will be on hand this coming Thursday to present jersey’s and playing gear to the Marconi Stallions FC Under 9 to 12 years of age teams.
MARCONI STALLIONS FC TEAM MENTORS FOR 2021
Under 9 – Anthony Costa /Anthony Frangie
Under 10- Brendan Vella /Dion Shaw/Mason Ingram
Under 11- Mitch Mallia /Connor Evans/Stefan Nikolic
Under 12- Robert Speranza/Liam Youlley/Paolo Laxamana
Under 13- Nathan Millgate /Chris Hatfield
Under 14- Giorgio Speranza/ Marty Fernandez/Dimos Vlachos
Under 15- Nenad Vekic /Zac Cairncross
Under 16 – Marko Jesic /Mark Rodic