Talented players from Nelson to Invercargill were invited to take part in the 5 day camp which involved two daily training sessions, evening workshops and football theory classes aimed at improving players understanding and testing their talent against their peers.
Nearly perfect weather conditions and a youthful yet experienced coaching staff spent time assessing player performance during the course of the week with coaching staff praising excellent behaviour and commitment from the players over the 5 days. NZ Football’s Talent Performance Manager (Andy Hedge) coordinated a full week of events which also tackled topics such as mental toughness and new world class behaviours which are part of the NZ talent perform pathway.
Players were also asked to play in competitive 11:11 matches on Wednesday and Friday morning to give them the opportunity to demonstrate techniques and game understanding which they had learnt during the week.NZ Football adopted a new format to the NTC camp in October by having the U15/16 boys take part in a 3 day camp in Christchurch with the national U17 Head coach Jose Manual Figueira.
This format was well received by players and coaches and may well for the new format of the camps in 2015.
With assessments finalised and performances reviewed it will be another eager wait for players to receive their assessment comments and possible invitation to the following edition of the NTC process.
Mainland football Development officer Said “This was a very well run and enjoyable camp. There were new challenging topics and sessions for players and coaches to deliver and understand, the coordination and daily running of the camp ran smoothly giving everyone an opportunity to perform at their best.”