On Friday 5 December, Northcote City FC’s Junior NPL coaches got together for their annual ritual.
Going through the lists of players to make their final selections for the new season. As the day went on and discussions on combinations, shapes and teams were had, the coaches were interrupted by repeated text messages. “He’s in..” “He’s in…” “He made it too…”
The messages kept coming until it was clear: ELEVEN players from our 2014 Under 11 Kangaroos and Under 12 NPL teams had earned their place in the FFV’s elite Skilleroos for 2015.
This moment represents the culmination of years of hard work and commitment to developing the game in our community. The work began with Victor Pace, the club’s first Technical Director, followed by outgoing TD Socrates Nicolaidis and in recent months the charge of the Assistant Technical Director Stefan Busso. Shortly, we will welcome a new Technical Director into our ranks, who will be responsible for the continuation of what has become a fine legacy.
In the case of this group, nine players have been included from our Under 12 NPL team, coached by Jim Peios, with assistance from Silvio Santostefano and Jim Menelaou. Two players have been selected from the Under 11 Kangaroos team, coached by Stefan Busso with assistance from Arthur Eskitzis. It is a testament to the work of the coaches and their support staff, who have committed themselves to ongoing coach education and the rigorous pursuit of applying world’s best practice to our small corner of the football landscape.
The environment that has been established at Northcote City FC now presents a true pathway for players for the duration of their football careers. We start as young as five years old, and progress through to MiniRoos, move on to NPL Juniors at Under 12, and have an already famous reputation for the progression of our brightest into the Under 20 and Senior ranks.
Countless players have had State, National Youth League and A-League opportunities built on their football education at Northcote City FC.
In discussing the achievement of the group, Jim Peios said, “It’s a pleasure to watch these kids grow into players with great potential, and as people they all represent the kind of positive attitude and committed, competitive mindset that we try to instil in our players here at Northcote.”
We congratulate and admire the achievements of these players, and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for them.
Benjamin De Lacy-Turner
Kye Di Marco
Oscar Larson Howe