MWFA profile: The Avalon Development Squad

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IF you head up to the Careel Bay mini fields on any given Monday, expect to be greeted by a sea of red.

The man behind Avalon’s Development Squads is Jud Harrison, and he finds the process extremely rewarding.

“We usually have about 90 kids taking part each week, from the under-6s through to the under-13s,” he said.

“The process began a few years ago, and it is very popular, numbers have doubled from 2017.

“Ultimately the aim is to develop fundamental skills and offer a pathway for players to our teams in the women’s MWFA Premier League and men’s AL/1s.

“At the moment it is only open to registered Avalon players.”

Avalon have always been a club where success has followed, especially in the women’s age groups.

On Tuesday night the Lady Reds won their third successive MWFA Challenge Cup final, which followed their success in the MWFA grand final last year at Cromer Park.

The club’s under-16/1 girls, coached by Harrison,have also left a big imprint locally as well in the NSW Champion of Champions and State Cup.

Avalon’s Development Squads follow the FFA curriculum, which sees Harrison and his coaching assistants working closely with MWFA community coach Chris Adams.

“I can’t thank Chris enough, his input has been invaluable,” Harrison, whose girls Zara and Lexi play for the club,said.

“We are confident the (Avalon)Development Squads will continue to grow.”


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