Message from Rod Banjac-Head Coach/Technical Director FUSC

As we plan for season 2018 in the NPL it’s difficult to comprehend that we were firmly embedded at rock bottom of State League Division 2 only 5 years ago. And it was only due to good fortune that we weren’t playing in the Amateur League as there was no relegation in place at the time. But that is now part of our history as we have become battle hardened and look forward to challenges ahead with tremendous enthusiasm while taking on the best clubs in WA.

We have been rewarded and acknowledged on many occasions by the broader football community for an extraordinary accomplishment while earning a place in the highest State Level of competition. And although we are collectively proud of that fact it is just another step closer towards an ultimate goal which is to win the NPL.

There is no doubt that our players and coaching staff have done us proud by dominating on the playing field but all that would be a waste of time if we didn’t meet the highly demanding NPL criteria. And for that I give credit to The City of Kalamunda our local political leaders and in particular the hard working members of our club headed by our Club President, Andy Osborne. Thanks to everyone involved we now have one of the best facilities in Western Australia and we are all extremely proud of that fact.

From the very beginning our business model was created to service our community by providing ALL our members at ALL levels with an opportunity to enjoy the greatest game on earth in a safe and pleasant environment at Hartfield Park and it is very satisfying to have achieved that goal. But we are also very serious about providing a pathway for our most talented as well as providing our community with highest level of football entertainment while taking on the best clubs in the state. In particular we look forward to showcasing our exciting and “Forrie” specific brand of football to the beat of the Mighty Forrie Army’s drum.

Our Academy is blessed with some of the best talent and there is no doubt that it won’t be long before we produce an Aussie international. It is so pleasing to see them enjoy one of the nicest facilities in the state while being nurtured and mentored by our highly accredited and passionate coaching staff. Although our youngsters provide a solid foundation for the future we will have to be a little patient before the Academy reaches its full potential in a couple of years. We always knew that the Academy is a 10 year process and it’s already evident that it is very healthy as the youngsters are enjoying the education provided through our own Forrie specific coaching manual.

As our NPL journey begins in late February the coaching staff is already at the drawing board drafting a pre-season program to make sure that our boys are fully match fit and prepared for the highest State Level of competition. There is a lot of interest from players wishing to be part of our set up and we are in talks with a few of them as we intend to add depth to our talented squad which has been the highest scoring outfit three years in a row.

Our preseason schedule is as follows:-

NPL U18’s

Training session provided for the new players wishing to be part of the squad will be held on the following dates:-

Monday        13/11 @ 6.00 pm
Wednesday  15/11 @ 6.00 pm

After the final training session selected players will be invited to join our NPL senior squad for a “meet and greet” session on Tuesday 21/11.

NPL Seniors, U20’s and U18’s

Tuesday 21/11 @ 6.30 pm – “Meet and Greet”, followed by a BBQ
Tuesday 28/11 @ 6.30 pm – Light Training Session
Monday   4/12  @ 6.30 pm – Commencement of preseason proper. The full pre-season program will be released after this session.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Rod Banjac
Head Coach/Technical Director
Forrestfield United Soccer Club