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Junior Development

Forest Rangers FC Development Program

The Development Program is a graded selection process program which provide opportunities for 8-14-year old players to benefit from advanced coaching with qualified and experienced coaches and to develop players within the Forest Rangers FC player pathway.

Starting in 2021 Forest Rangers FC is the first club in the St George Area to appoint a Female Technical Director, Amanda Marino and also provide a female development program. The female development program runs parallel with our current development program and is from U8 to U14 age group.

Technical training or ‘having a ball at your feet’ is the most important concept for the development of young football players. At Forest Rangers FC, we consider player development over the “winning at all cost” mentality is paramount to young player development.  We shall emphasise the technical part of football to ensure that the young footballer can play with confidence but also to develop their “Free Play” similar to a South American style of play. Our qualified coaches encourage the players to express themselves with the ball and to have fun doing it. We believe you can play at a high level but still have fun doing it.

Trials are held every year in October/November for players to join the program the following season. These trials are open to male and female players.

In our selection process the players are evaluated on a number of key areas. These are:

  • Technique
  • Balance
  • Speed
  • Attitude
  • Behaviour
  • Skill
  • Personality
  • Understanding
  • Intelligence

Each player must trial for their position every year, No players position is secure and must be earnt at the trials and throughout the season.  This process ensures that each player that trials is given equal opportunity to be involved in the Development Program regardless of what level they played at or at which club.

Each team is allocated a Coach, Assistant Coach and Manager which means the coach/player ratio is the best in the area. This increases the players development and also at a faster rate compared to other similar programs.

The teams train two nights a week and plays games on Saturday within the Football St George Association and also plays a second training game each fortnight against other teams.

If you interested in more information about the Development Squad or wish to become part of the coaching staff please contact [email protected]

Monday Night Skills (MNS)

MNS is aimed at providing our young players with more ball time and set skill sessions to help them progress and develop their own ability in a non-competitive environment under the supervision and instruction of our wonderful FRFC coaches.  MNS is offered on a weekly basis over the season for a modest fee per session.

Once our schedules for 2021 season are arranged, we will update this page with further details on how to participate.

Pre Season Skills

FRFC offer 2 to 3 free skills session usually towards the end of January into February each year leading into registration and team allocation period.  The skill sessions are aimed at our junior players from u6 to u16 and are run by our FRFC coaches in a fun and energetic environment.

Information about the 2021 season will be provided shortly. Next up team allocation nights!

Little Rangers

The Little Rangers program was introduced in November 2019 as a free introduction to football for boys and girls aged 4 to 6. Our Junior Development Coaching Team provide a program where children enjoy developing ball participation and game skills in a fun, suportive and non-competitive environment.

The format is run as follows:

  • Group warmup
  • Smaller group skill-based games
  • Mini games

The program is run over a 4 week period one night a week for a 45 minute session.  We will see our next participants in late 2021 and please stay in touch for the dates by following us on our social media platforms or email us at [email protected]

Girls Skills

Our team of qualified Coaches will run this program “Girls With Goals” where Girls are able to learn and furtherdevelop their skills in a fun, supportive, and non-competitive environment.

FRFC have established a program in 2020 for Girls aged 5 and upwards to suit their requirements, whether it’s a social football experience or technical game training to pursue their desire to play at the highest level.

Our focus for player development is in line with the FFA National Football Curriculum and our program is open to Girls of all ages and abilities. Our female development coach Amanda Marino is dedicated to improving our girls, offering skills and team training programs. We are excited for 2021 season and will be releasing information soon.

Stay tuned for these sessions.