Player pathway identified

STEVE SHARMAN has outlined a new GFA High Performance Player Pathway that will look to evolve youth football in Guernsey over the coming years.

STEVE SHARMAN has outlined a new GFA High Performance Player Pathway that will look to evolve youth football in Guernsey over the coming years.

Encompassing all players from minis up to under-21s in the new structure, new GFA high performance youth development director Sharman, pictured, believes it is essential for the local game to continue evolving.

‘We want to give young players on the island the best opportunities possible and in doing that, they are at the forefront of our minds,’ he said.

‘It is about keeping as many people in football as possible and all the way up this pathway – the enjoyment of players is something that should always run through it.

‘We want players of all ages to be going home and playing football with their mates, or looking forward to their next training session or match.’

Comments for: "Player pathway identified"

Richard Wild

I was chatting to a mate the other day about this identified player pathway and he pointed out that it looks exactly like the 'player pathway' if thats what you want to call it, that has always been in place? It holds no surprises and I would appreciate it if someone could explain how it differs to what we all believed was the 'player pathway' in the first place?

Also we discussed what a revised 'player pathway' should look like. I think that the one published missed out probably the biggest issue and that is the inclusion of social football (both Saturday and Sunday).

If things ever sort themselves out and social football returns to below the GFA levels (it is stronger than some of the GFA levels at the moment) then it will provide football for people of that level and therefore should be included in a 'player pathway' for football as a whole rathern than a 'player pathway' for GFA footballers.

This is where the sport is going wrong. We need development officers to develop football not GFA football. We need adminstrators to adminstrate football not GFA football.

Until we see everyone working for the good of the game rather than individuals selected types of football we are going to get nowhere.

Sharman and Mackay must know this and if they dont they need to resign immediately and let someone who has 'football' rather than 'GFA football' as their primary concern.

The suggested 'player pathway' is for their employers, the GFA, this will always be an issue where people are being paid to represent entities and are therefore employees who, in my opinion, are conflicted as they should be doing what is best for the game and not for their employers, the GFA.

For goodness sake eveyone wake up and get together and do something revolutionary. Dont show us what we already know or what your employer wants you to show, show us what you are going to do about getting football back together. Show us a path to recovery which includes all parts of Guernsey football, and I mean all parts.

Accept that Saturday and Sunday leagues, five a side leages, eight a side leagues are all part of the local football fraternity and get your heads together to give us a 'football pathway'

Brian Ozanne

The concept of player development in Guernsey is a great idea and an overall pathway for that development would seem a sensible approach. However as with all revolutions there is a need to look at the particulars of such a structure.

At present the GFA are largely absent at minis level, right through from reception to Year 6. The assistance that currently exists is largely given to the organisation of coaching courses for new and existing coaches at GFA clubs. There is no player development at this critical stage offered by the GFA. Given the magnitude of this historical mistake I believe that Aztec was set up to fill this void. In a relatively short space of time a meaningful structure of player development has been put in place. In addition the Aztec team have implemented a series of matches throughout the season against established accademies in the UK including Southampton, Brighton and Bristol City. This allows the players a tangible goal for there endevours, a benchmark for there development and in some cases a shop window to showcase their talent.

Why have the GFA taken so long to see the error of their ways? I hope that the Aztec approach will remain an independent, flexible vision within the GFA framework that has been suggested, rather than be consumed by a national corporate entity that have miss-judged or dropped the ball in the past.

Richard Wild

Brian Ozanne my point was that what is the difference in the reported 'player pathway' and the 'player pathway' that has always been in place? Surely everyone involved has been trying to develop their players or the standard of football they have been playing for years?? We dont need diagrams of what we already know, what we need is someone to sit down and pencil a plan to bring all football parties together for the best of the game. It is not about the development of the best players, it is not about opportunities for the elite only, it is about football for ALL. Football for those of us who are not of the greatest standard but enjoy and love the game. We should all be able to enjoy and play football when we like. If I want to play for a GFA club, Saturday League, Sunday League and 5 a side League, I should be able to do so and I cannot understand how anyone anywhere has the right to tell me that I cannot. The best thing that these GFA employees can do is get everyone together, get everyone off of their pedestals, stop talking about money, be flexible and plan a way ahead for the good of the players no matter what their level be and for the good of the local game

Brian Ozanne

Richard. My initial response highlighted the situation currently ongoing at a young age group. However, I agree with your sentiments with regard the powers that be who are in control of the game. It has become abundently clear that the national FA model isn't right for all levels of Guernsey football. We need a collective effort from all interested parties to ensure a thriving sport at a multitiude of levels. Before that can happen the respective leaders of each fooballing body must come together to find some common ground. A starting point might be the Guernsey FA cup being opened up to non GFA registered clubs. It might be an interesting way to get people around the table.

Brian Ozzane

Richard. My initial response highlighted the situation currently ongoing at a young age group. However, I agree with your sentiments with regard the powers that be who are in control of the game. It has become abundently clear that the national FA model isn't right for all levels of Guernsey football. We need a collective effort from all interested parties to ensure a thriving sport at a multitiude of levels. Before that can happen the respective leaders of each fooballing body must come together to find some common ground. A starting point might be the Guernsey FA cup being opened up to non GFA registered clubs. It might be an interesting way to get people around the table.

Richard Wild

Brian, I totally agree and surely we are not alone on this subject, I hear individuals talking about it all of the time. The local FA Cup has lost the appeal it had without including all local clubs/teams and it is obvious that the local media is no longer interested. The funding for this competition and others will disappear if they are not reported on across all of the media. The GFA, Social League Committees, Press and all other agencies who have any power to affect local football, be that as organisors, administrators or fund raisers, need to get together - NOW!!