Youth development in Australia is presently inconsistent in both quality and approach due to factors such as the diversity and self interest of clubs; coaches; agents; private academies; schools; etc. The quality of youth coaching is generally still very poor and the competition structures are of insufficient duration and quality. If we are serious about one day challenging the best of the world, we have to make considerable changes and improvements in our approach to youth development.
This is why Eastern Lions Mini Roos program is our skills program for 4 to 8 year old boys and girls and is run by our FFA C License Accredited Technical Director Roy Skillen alongside a number of other experienced C License accredited coaches. It incorporates fun warm-up games, skills and small sided matches, however we also look to implement the FFA methods so that our youth get the high quality coaching they require to develop as both football players and kids.
2018 Winter Program