The 'Phoenix', is a development focused Football Club Located in the beautiful Hastings Valley on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Our home ground is located at Charlie Watt Reserve, Pembroke Road, Telegraph Point.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT WESTERN PHOENIX COMPARED TO OTHER LOCAL OPTIONS?
Western Phoenix started it's first season in 2018 and in doing so we became the first Club/Program wholly focused on the Football development/education of young footballers as well as those new to the game.
We teach football intelligence, skills, techniques and fitness to kids, and unfortunately there is no comparable program option in the local area.
DEVELOPMENT Vs RECREATIONAL
After a lot of attention from around the area, there have been many misconseptions about what exactly Western Phoenix is. The biggest one being that we are a 'soccer' club of comparability to all the current recreational 'soccer' clubs in our Region. Western Phoenix is NOT a recreational 'soccer' club, Western Phoenix is a development program that is built into a Football (Soccer) Club which competes against the reacreational 'soccer' clubs in the local competitions, because that is what's available. However, we also have an expanded area involvement which includes competitions played across the State and other areas such as the Kanga Cup in Canberra.
Being a development program means that we have a professional approach to the operation of the club and that all our coaches are continually involved in the education, qualification building and quantative reviewing of football and training within the program. We do not use caretaker or parent coaches for training.
Recreational 'soccer' clubs' operational standard in comparison is to provide people with a team whereby the greatest number of players possible are able to play football purely for recreational purposes. The operational goal is to increase numbers to maximise the ability to provide more finance which in turn can be usd to generate more numbers with the end goal being able to provide a Men's team to challenge in the local competition.
EXPANDED AREA OF INFLUENCE AND OPPORTUNITY
Western Phoenix is involved with many like minded clubs and programs throughout Australia that also have similar progressive ideology and independent development programs that utilise the knowledge, experience and contacts gained.
Clubs and programs that Western Phoenix are involved with utilise the knowledge and experience of individuals that have lived, breathed and studied the game throughout their lifetime and in most cases for generations before. The development programs have been formulated from over many years of gathered knowledge, together with the study of modern coaching principles and techniques garnered from successful clubs, academies and schools throughout the World.
Everything we do at Western Phoenix is constantly evolving, continuously growing and always innovative. Our greatest fear is being conventional, ignorant and stagnant.
IMPROVING THE NOW AND FUTURE
As a development program with an independent view we look at ways which we can better improve the footballing landscape and future of Australian football for the players and members we have at present and for future generations. We concentrate on how we can best access and provide opportunities and experiences to progress our players in the game to representative level or on an individuals specified goal whatever level that may be.
EXPECTATIONS FOR FUTURE MEMBERS
We do not need or expect any people that consider applying to join our program to be the finished football geniuses. We much rather prefer to help create, teach and support all levels of player to becoming the best that they can be.
What our club aims to achieve is to promote the 'World Game' through;
- Providing opportunities for all members to experience the beauty of the sport through experiences both within and outside of their own communities
- Educating our members to be respectful, intelligent and confident players as well as positive members of our communities through professional development football coaching
- Openly promoting and supporting further educational and professional pathways for all players based on individual needs and wants
- Being part of a caring and supportive football 'family'
We aim to achieve this by:
- Finding and creating opportunities for our members to be involved with and enjoy the 'World Game' as supporters and students such as trips to watch the A-League, W-League, Internationals. As well as participation in competitions at State and National Level as well as Local. eg; Kanga Cup.
- Providing the most experienced, educated and respectable coaches and educators for our teams, our game leaders & coaches and individual players
- Encouraging all our players and helping them to make intelligent football decisions regarding their football education, and pathways to achieve their desired outcomes and career opportunities with only the player's best interest in mind. Our club ultimately aims to develop future Socceroos and Matildas.
- Our club was born out of families coming together out of a common respect and understanding of development football. Our football 'family' cares and supports each other and will always welcome others who feel the same about the sport that most of us have always loved or have come to love through our 'family'.
THE PHOENIX TEAM
Our club is very proud to have such a strong, dynamic and innovative team of football people who share a common interest in providing the very best for our members. If you would like to join our team then please do not hesitate to contact us for details.
PRESIDENT: Ben White
SECRETARY: Tami Roelands
TREASURER: Danielle Teisseire & Naomi O'Bree
VICE PRESIDENT: Craig Bulmer
CANTEEN COORDINATORS: Tami Roelands & Naomi O'Bree
HEAD COACH: Ben White
GOALKEEPING COACHES: Matt & Declan Batchelor
COACHING COORDINATOR: Ben White
MEMBER PROTECTION OFFICER: Sharna Batchelor
MERCHANDISING & KITS MANAGER: Lora Teeling
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR: Simon Teeling
GRANTS & SPONSORSHIP MANAGER: Matt Batchelor
FUND RAISING COORDINATORS: Tami Roelands, Naomi O'Bree and Lora Teeling