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BALWYN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB

BALWYN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB

VINCE DATTOLI

Head of Junior Development

/  Current Head Coach Heidelberg FC – 2023 Premiers

/  Previous Head Coach Carey Grammar First XVIII

/  Previous Yarra Magpies Boys U14/15 Head Coach

/  Owner/Operator of Vida Tennis/Football

PENNY CULA-REID

Women's Football Director

/  Current Oakleigh Chargers U18 Boys Midfield Coach

/  Yarra Magpies U15 Girls Head Coach 2019–2023

/  Williamstown VFLW Head Coach 2020–2022

/  Collingwood VFLW Head Coach – 2019 Premiers

/  VFLW Coach of the Year 2018

/  Collingwood AFLW player 2017

UNDER 8 MIXED

COACHES: TBA

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

TRAINING: TBA

UNDER 9 MIXED

COACH:
Nick Johnson

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

TRAINING: TBA

UNDER 10 MIXED

COACHES:
Richard Kane and Anthony Masciangioli

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

TRAINING: TBA

UNDER 11 MIXED

COACHES: TBA

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

TRAINING: TBA

UNDER 12 MIXED

COACHES: TBA

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

TRAINING: TBA

UNDER 13 MIXED

COACH:
Jarrod McCabe

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

PRE-SEASON TRAINING: Sundays 10-11am at Balwyn Park

UNDER 13 GIRLS

COACH:
Rob Hemphill

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

TRAINING: TBA

UNDER 14 MIXED

COACH:
Ed Simpson

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

PRE-SEASON TRAINING: Sundays 10-11am at Balwyn Park

UNDER 15 BOYS

COACHES:
Tom Williams and Sam Nehme 

 

TEAM MANAGER:
Brian Cullen / 0404 896 819

 

PRE SEASON TRAINING: Sundays 10-11am Balwyn Park and Wednesdays 6-7pm at Leigh Park 

UNDER 15 GIRLS

COACH:
Amelia Van Oosterwijck

 

TEAM MANAGER: TBA

 

PRE-SEASON TRAINING: Sundays 10-11am at Balwyn Park

UNDER 16 BOYS

COACHES:
Julian Gangi and James Amalfi

 

TEAM MANAGER:
Rob Malone / 0417 392 817

 

PRE SEASON TRAINING: Sundays 10-11am Balwyn Park and Wednesdays 6-7pm at Leigh Park 

YOUTH GIRLS

COACH:
Anna Sallows

 

TEAM MANAGER:
Linda Muir / 0405 535 931 

 

PRE-SEASON TRAINING: Sundays 10-11am at Balwyn Park

TIGERS ACADEMY

The Tigers Academy will be launching during the 2024 preseason, with the aim to build the No. 1 development program for boys and girls, from Under 15 to Under 19, across the Balwyn region.

The appointment of our Head of Junior Development, Vince Dattoli, and the Women’s Football Director, Penny Cula-Reid, is ground-breaking in local junior football. Vince and Penny will have oversight over all training plans within the Tigers Academy and will ensure the Balwyn Tigers football programs are based on building “fundamental football skills” and teaching methods are relevant and engaging to these age groups.  

We believe we have appointed the leading elite junior development coaches for both boys and girls in Melbourne. Along with building the program, both Vince and Penny will attend team preseason training sessions and mentor our coaches across the Academy.  

 

All Tigers Academy coaches are AFL accredited non-parent coaches. Many hours will be put towards developing a long line of highly rated junior coaches.

 

The coaches contracted for season 2024 all have strong football and coaching credentials to ensure they are able to implement our “best practice” football program whilst being high level communicators with our young men and women.

 

The Tigers Academy will be using technology, including camera footage and platforms such as “hudl” to review training sessions and games.  Educating our players with different methods will assist in keeping the players engaged and providing opportunities for them to develop their footy skills.

 

The football equipment at Balwyn is of the highest quality, with large quantities of the top of the range footballs, tackling/marking bags, rebounders and agility equipment.

 

Fundamental skill development and player positional education will be fast tracked during the preseason and home and away periods, and we provide further opportunity for players to improve their game.

Balwyn Tigers FC have a large number of ex AFL and VFL players on their list who will assist as guest coaches throughout these age groups.  Our experience in utilising these players in the 2023 season was fantastic and we can only see greater benefits in 2024 as the players continue to work with high level pathway footballers from Balwyn as part of the training and education mix for the season.

The facilities provided at Balwyn Junior Football Club are first class – playing and training at facilities such as Gordon Barnard Reserve, Balwyn Park and Leigh Park during different phases of the season ensure our players have access to quality surfaces and excellent amenities.

JUNIOR COACH DEVELOPMENT

The Balwyn Tigers Head of Junior Development, Vince Dattoli, and the Women’s Football Director, Penny Cula-Reid, will be providing development input throughout the club including down to our Auskick and Under 8 coaches.

 

Our volunteer coaches will be supported to provide easy to follow training plans, development opportunities, and access to an increased number of skill development events, such as the Balwyn Kicking Masterclass Sessions held in October 2023.

 

The increase in football resources is backed by a football club that offers playing at all stages – from Auskick to senior competition.  We have a large number of programs that will be introduced in 2024 including greater Auskick and football program options within our local school network to inspire the next generation of young footballers.

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