With the Rover Seniors locked into Premier C Grade in 2020 and the growth of the junior club exceeding 600+ members, the club is in a strong position going forward. 2019 saw the Senior-Junior movement flourish with 5 current Senior players active in coaching roles across the junior club, now is the time to push the button and create ROVERS DNA.
Paul Carrigan, Head Of Football at Hampton Rovers Juniors is excited with the amount of Junior coaches in 2019 and the talent they have to help mould the next generation of budding Rover champs. Christian Carnovale and Zach Donald coached the U14 team to the premiership on Sunday, Oscar Roberts assisted coaching the D1 U14, Kate Holden coached an U14 Girls team and Ryan Fogarty mentored an U15 team. We hope to build on these numbers in 2020. Ladies VAFA Co-Captain Bianca Lenarcic is keen to oversee a mentoring role in junior Girls football. Bianca is a Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences teacher and Head of Netball at St Leonard’s.
When discussing the future direction of the Rovers juniors, Carrigan said the time was right to get game plans in place that all coaches from U11s to Seniors boys and girls can understand and implement. It will be known as ROVER DNA.
The think tank sessions will begin in October. Gun junior Coach, Chris Leeds, Carnovale and Lenarcic will create a new vision to be overseen by Carrigan.
Carrigan said “Christian will play an active role with coaches from week to week in coaching the coach, this is the next evolution of where the club can add value and education, Senior Coach Anthony Quon will be consulted on a technical output to be signed off by the Board.
The platform is set for a whole of club initiative, we have the personnel that I believe will drive this for many years. Christian and Bianca are two club leaders that eat, sleep and breathe the green and gold, I need to help them take this club forward. We can do this with a clear vision, open minds and being a little creative and bold”, said Carrigan.
2020 bring it on.