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Mid West team enters Junior Cup

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Mid West team enters Junior Cup

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Geraldton Junior Soccer Association will break new ground when they take the bold step to enter a team in the Smarter than Smoking Junior Cup, which kicks off next month.

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Midwest FC, made up of the best U14 boys in the region, will fly the flag for the growing football region.

Riccardo Amazzini, who recently completed his Football Federation Australia coaching C Licence and is a scholarship coach with the Mid West Academy of Sport, will coach the team.

“It’s a great opportunity for our players to take another step forward and to be able to experience what the competition and atmosphere is like in the Perth competition,” Amazzini said.

Samuel Pepper, who is a regular participant in Football West’s regional events, QBE Country Week and QBE Country Camp, was looking forward to taking part.

“I think going to Perth will be a fantastic opportunity for all of our players to play against harder and more skilled players and to be exposed to high intensity games,” Pepper said.

“I’m really looking forward to see how we compare and what I have to work on to improve my soccer.

“We are getting more and more opportunities in Geraldton to develop our soccer with SAP (Skill Acquisition Program) and other programs.”

The team entry follows huge recent investment from the GJSA.

GJSA Director of Coaching Carlo Licastro said it was a fantastic opportunity for young regional players.

“Geraldton is working hard with coach education, player skills and pathway programs, so this will be a great indicator as to how far we have progressed,” he said.

Midwest FC will play all their cup games in Perth for logistical reasons.

Football West Game Development Manager Jamie Harnwell has commended the GJSA for their forward thinking.

“The foresight and ambition of the GJSA to raise the profile of football in the Mid West has been a shining light in our regional program,” Harnwell said.

“From developing a school-based competition to the introduction of a MiniRoos program, the game is growing rapidly and this initiative will only spur that growth on.”

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