Leader in Junior
Mt Gravatt Hawks FC has a proud history of developing young
players into the best footballers they can possibly be while also teaching
important life skills to be the best community members they can possibly be as
With the likes of Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar/Socceroos), Jade
North (Brisbane Roar/Socceroos, Nathan Coe (Melbourne Victory) and Katrina
Gorry (Brisbane Roar/Matildas) having graduated from Mt Gravatt Hawks
development programs in the past Mt Gravatt Hawks FC intends to continue this
Mt Gravatt Hawks FC has returned to its once renowned
philosophy of Junior Player Development with the aspiration of becoming a
recognised leader once again.
To do this Mt Gravatt Hawks FC has established a
comprehensive Junior Development Program (JDP) that will enable our young
footballers to develop and reach their full potential regardless of what level
that potential may be.
In doing so Mt Gravatt Hawks FC has made a commitment to
ensure our players have access to the best possible coaching through our team
of independent and qualified Head Coaches (a Head Coach is being appointed to
each age group) and our Technical Department which includes professionally qualified
Technical Director and Director of Coaching who will oversee all players and
coaches to ensure Mt Gravatt follows a proven development curriculum similar to
the FFA National Curriculum and to ensure all coaches at Mt Gravatt are
committed to individual and team player development at all levels.
In 2017, the club will continue its implementation of its
Junior Development Program (JDP) which covers all ages 3 to 16 years.
Mt Gravatt Hawks FC implementation of the Junior
Development Program will be done in the following ways:
- MiniRoos program for players aged 6-11 years; and
- Junior Football program for players aged 12-16 years.
All programs will come under the umbrella of the Club's
Junior Development Program which is coordinated and managed by the Club's Technical
In addition to the above our U16 players are considered to
be part of the Club’s Senior/Youth Development Program and as such we have
established a model to transition players from junior level football to youth
and then onto playing senior level competitions in our Capital or City league
The JDP comprises of a number of structured programs that
run throughout the year. JDP initiatives include:
Development Program (U6 – U11)
Full field Juniors will not be the only teams in the club to
have a structured development program, MiniRoos players will be developed in
line with the curriculum as well. This program will be based around FFA’s
Player Actions (Positioning, First Touch, Running with the ball, 1v1, Striking
the ball and Communicating). All MiniRoos coaches will be familiar with
the techniques and skills required for these age groups. The MiniRoos program
will also include the rotation of every player throughout different positions
to ensure that they experience all aspects of the game.
Program (U12 – U16)
Our Structured development will be run by our accredited
semi-professional coaches in line with the curriculum and will begin to focus
on the importance of full field tactics and the team as a whole as opposed to
individual player technique. These coaches and the players are lucky to also be
supported by a committed Technical Director, Director of Coaching as well as
ample equipment required to run a successful training session.
Program (transitioning players to Senior Football)
Another big leap for players is the transition into senior
football, and at Mt Gravatt we have brought a system in place to reduce this
stepping stone for players. Firstly we encourage our U16 players to play
Youth – this means that they are able to play in the Youth Team or any of the
other Senior Teams if required. In addition, U16 players will train with
the Youth Team throughout the year so the younger players will have a taste of
senior football prior to being a full time senior player.
Junior Skills Development
In 2017 Mt Gravatt Hawks FC is running a Junior Skills
Development Clinic during the season. This program is run by qualified
coaches who take on small groups of players who wish to advance their skills
either to better their skills or to take themselves to that next level. The
program will be compulsory to all players in our top-level teams from U8-13 (Komodo,
SYL and Div 1) to ensure a high standard of players in our top teams at all
times. The program is also open to all players of any age and level to
enhance their skills to assist with making top teams in the future. The clinic
will be run one night a week at the club’s home ground of Dittmer Park.
Goalkeeping is a unique position in the game of soccer and requires specialised training to develop the goalkeeping skills, self confidence and toughness to be the team’s last line of defence and first point of attack.
To be effective in the position, goalkeepers need to be well trained technically and tactically to integrate into the team’s defence.
Gravatt Hawks FC objective is to raise the level of play and understanding of every goalkeeper. All goalkeepers will receive training in the mental and tactical aspects of the position. Meanwhile, the emphasis will be on decision-making and organisation of the defence. Its programs are carefully and uniquely designed to be progressive based upon the age, ability and experience of the individual goalkeeper.
During the summer months, many players are stagnant either
competing in a different sport, a similar social sport or not participating in
any sport altogether. Mt Gravatt Hawks
FC however offers a development program focused on the small sided version of
football, Futsal. The program which is run by the club Technical Director
employs professional futsal coaches who supply meaningful development training
based on futsal with a game each week in a Futsal Premier league to allow for
real gameplay and game scenarios to ensure continual player development
throughout the off season and to prepare players for trials and grading for
teams the following season.
Our Head Coaches and Technical Director are available for
One on One Training, including Individual skill training, Technique perfection
& Specialist Training - Attacking Technique and Defending Technique. For more information please email email@example.com for
Jinga Futebol (3-8
As part of the aforementioned JDP program Mt Gravatt Hawks
FC is proud to announce that it has formed a partnership with Jinga Futebol
who will be delivering player development programs for players aged 3-8 years.
Jinga Futebol is an exciting new footballing
experience. It is football with a distinctive South American
flavour. The program in keeping with Hawks FC original program, designed
to make Football affordable.
Jinga Futebol is an exciting new approach to Football and it
is revolutionising the way that Football is coached and played!!
For more information, visit www.jingafutebol.com
Coaching at Mt
Gravatt Hawks FC
As part of our commitment to once again becoming a leader in
Junior Player Development Mt Gravatt FC has stringent policies in place for our
coaches. First and foremost Mt Gravatt Hawks FC are committed to ensuring that
our entire Technical Department including all Head Coaches are all entirely
independent, professional and qualified. All coaches will be required to coach in line
with the Mt Gravatt Hawks FC coaching curriculum including following the clubs
preferred vision and philosophy for our style of play. All coaching positions
are made vacant at the end of each season with all coaches being required to
re-interview for their role if they wish to reapply, this not only ensures
there is no bias but also works in favour of our policy of no coach being with
the same team for more than 2 consecutive seasons allowing players to
experience different coaching styles.
For our lower level and less qualified coaches we also offer
Mt Gravatt Hawks Soccer Club intends to return to being a
recognised leader in Coach Development.
Mt Gravatt Hawks Soccer Club has embarked an on endeavour to
establish a comprehensive Junior Coach Development Program (CDP) to enable
individuals to take on the role of a Junior Coach.
As part our the CDP, Mt Gravatt ensure a minimum level of
- Coaches of
MiniRoos Development Program have a minimum Junior License.
- Coaches of Junior
Development Program have a minimum Youth License.
Mt Gravatt funds the Junior Licence of all coaches and will
cover 50% of the cost of a Youth or higher licence upon the coach obtaining a
Regular coaching meetings and courses are to be held to
update coaching knowledge and assist in areas where coaches may be struggling
or don’t fully understand. We intend to establish a fraternity of coaches
who will support and assist each other where possible and give all coaches
access to a library of information on the curriculum and relevant drills,
training sessions and tactics.
We also run a coach mentoring system whereby we bring in
specialist people such as sprint coaches, sports medicine and other sports
people to run a session with coaches and provide them with greater knowledge.
These events are run on a regular basis with a minimum of 4 sessions per
Through the funding if it’s JDP, Mt Gravatt has acquired a wealth
of resources with respect to training aids. Available to all coaches is a
number of training aids including:
- Agility Poles
- Defence Walls
- Cones and markers
We are also planning the implementation of gym equipment. We
have funds put aside and we are currently seeking to move our equipment shed so
that we can use the current space to implement a gymnasium.
In terms of human resources, we have outlined the coaches
that have been secured to 2017. There are a number of other people heavily
involved in our junior football program including Junior Directors that are
responsible for the operational aspects of the Juniors this includes the
Technical Director whose primary focus is on Player Development and the
Director of Coaching who’s role is to focus on development of our coaches.
Furthermore, Mt Gravatt has a very progressive and supportive
Board of Directors which are highly motivated towards the development of Junior
Football and supportive of the arrangements being implemented.
For further information regarding JDP, please contact