[singlepic id=283 float=right][singlepic id=192 w=250 float=right]In a move sure to get the Far North Coast Premier League fraternity talking, Byron Bay Football Club have appointed John Sowter as the “Rams” Premier League Squad Head Coach and Club Director of Coaching.
John is a Suffolk Park resident with 25 years of coaching experience at professional, semi pro and amateur clubs in England, the USA and Australia.
He was also Football Far North Coast’s Director of Coaching for 4 years and developed highly successful FFNC representative development programs for young players competing in State Youth League competitions.
John will no doubt add a new dimension to the already highly acclaimed Byron Premier Squad. After travelling to Singapore to complete his AFC ‘A Licence' football qualification early last year, he flew to Europe to work with the French Football Federation on a talent identification program. However his simple coaching ethos has always remained the same – “We will be entertaining in the attacking third and try to score goals. We will play at pace, be aggressive in attack and let the defenders defend”.
Last year Byron Bay FC set out to become the leading club in the region for developing talented under 21 youth players for the future. That philosophy has already come to fruition with their very young U20’s team winning this year’s Far North Coast Summer League Championship against teams from Kingscliff to Maclean and everywhere in between. Planning and recruiting for the Premier Squad 2011 season is well under way.
Sowter commented “There are some great players at Byron and in particular the young, talented Premier Squad. We will continue our focus on developing a youthful squad, playing around our established senior players. We don’t expect to challenge for honours in the short term, however our goal will be to challenge for 2012 Premiership honours. I expect Rovers and Goonellabah to remain the bench mark with their strong squads and great players.”
John went on to say “A spot in the semi finals will be our initial aim this season. Having said that, we'll have high expectations and will go out trying to win every game we play.
With the quality of players we have at Byron, I expect that once they get used to what I want, there is no reason for us not to be challenging the competition leaders.
As long as we play well, improve every week & entertain our supporters whilst playing in the right manner I'll be happy. With the overall quality of the league on the rise there will be no easy wins, all points will be hard fought & earned”.
In addition to his role as Premier League squad coach, John will be supporting and developing the Byron junior coaches and players in line with the FFA national curriculum. Kerry Northcott (Byron Junior player Coordinator) said “We are confident Byron will soon have the best football coaching program on the North Coast”.
Byron Bay Football team training kicks off at Byron Bay Recreation Grounds with Women's team training commencing Monday 24th January at 6pm.
Premier League Men’s squad training and selections commence Tuesday 25th January at 6pm.
Senior Men’s teams start training on Wednesday 2nd February at 6pm.
Junior players from under 6 up to under 16/17’s sign on Saturday 12th February at 9am.
You can check out the brand new website www.byronbayfc.com.au for more details.