Skill drills

NEW AFL Sunraysia Junior Football Academy coach Brian Fenton says junior footballers wanting to make it to an elite level should be focusing on skills as much as they can early in their careers.

New AFL Sunraysia junior development academy coaches Brian Fenton (middle), Marty Scott and Michael Malcotti are looking forward to playing their role in the development of Sunraysia’s next crop of elite junior footballers. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

New AFL Sunraysia junior development academy coaches Brian Fenton (middle), Marty Scott and Michael Malcotti are looking forward to playing their role in the development of Sunraysia’s next crop of elite junior footballers. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The 26-year-old Red Cliffs playing senior co-coach has taken on the coaching role with the academy’s under 15 players and said concentrating on the basics was key.

“The biggest thing for kids this age is probably skill; having a footy in your hands all the time,” Fenton said.  “I think once you get to that top level it’s hard to teach skill.

“You can always make a kid fitter and stronger but to have natural instinct and understanding of the game, that’s priceless.”

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