Even Bigger and Better in the Bay 2011

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U20 Summer Youth League Winners - Byron Bay

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The 2011 season marks a new direction for Byron Bay Football Club and in particular the “Rams” Premier League Squad. In a move sure to turn some heads and get tongues wagging, they have appointed John Sowter as Premier Squad Head Coach and club director of coaching. He was Football Far North Coast’s director of coaching for 4 years and developed highly successful FFNC representative development programs for young players competing in the NSW and Queensland State Youth League competitions. John is a long-time Suffolk Park resident and has 25 years of coaching experience with high level Professional, semi pro and amateur clubs in England, the USA and Australia. John has worked for numerous professional, semi-pro and amateur clubs around the world since the early 80’s and seen massive changes in professional, semi-professional & amateur games in that time. However his simple coaching ethos has always remained the same – “We will be entertaining in the attacking third & try to score goals. We will play at pace, be aggressive in attack and let the defenders defend”.

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 and some of the most experienced coaches in Europe on a grass roots talent identification program. After clocking up plenty of frequent flyer miles throughout 2010 he is thrilled to be back in the Bay and working with the club.

Kerry Northcott (Junior Player Coordinator for the Club) said “We have 400 players at the club and the development of our juniors and youth is a major priority."

In addition to his role as Premier League Squad Coach, John will also have the job of supporting and developing our junior coaches and players in line with the FFA national curriculum. We are confident Byron will soon have the best football coaching program on the North coast. It will be a fantastic opportunity for local players and should help them to achieve their full football potential.

John Sowter commented “I'm very excited to be working for the great football community in the Bay and delighted to be here. There are some great players at Byron and in particular the young, talented Premier Squad should produce excellent results in 2011”.

Dates for the start of 2011 training at Byron Bay Recreation grounds have been confirmed for the following senior teams Premier League squad on Tuesday 25th of January at 6pm. Women's team Wednesday 26th January at 6pm. Junior sign on will be Saturday 12th February at 9am Senior men’s teams training is to be confirmed. Check the brand new website www.byronbayfc.com.au for details

Rick Knight