Darryl Cash Returns As Strikers Academy Coach

Sep 07, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers is excited to announce Darryl Cash as the club’s Under 13’s head coach for the National Premier Leagues 2020 season.

The appointment marks the retention of Cash for a third year at the Brisbane Strikers Academy in the highly-specialised age group.

The Under 13 age group marks the transition from small-sided Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) football to full-field, eleven-a-side football for Brisbane Strikers elite junior players.

Holding an FFA B Licence, Cash previously coached Queensland Country state teams in the Under 13’s age group – including five years as head coach.

Cash will be assisted in his role by previous SAP Under 12’s coach Davide Dalla Pozza (FFA C Youth Licence) to deliver a comprehensive training program in line with the club’s player development methodology.

The appointments are further signal of intent by Brisbane Strikers as the club continues to invest in its junior player and coach development structures under the Brisbane Strikers Academy brand.

Cash’s return follows announcements by the club earlier this week of the recruitment of the highly-credentialed Mel Andreatta and Adam Pengelly as Academy coaches in later age groups.

Brisbane Strikers Technical Director Nacho Ferrer explained that Cash, who is also a school teacher, brings the expertise and specialisation required for the transformative Under 13 age group.

“I feel it is important that our coaches can specialise in an age group and Darryl has been working with this age group for many years now,” Ferrer explained.

“As a school teacher, he has the pedagogical skills to help guide the Under 13’s and teach them the problem-solving and technical skills they need as they move from SAP to NPL football.”

Cash said he is energised by his role working with junior footballers at a crucial juncture in their development.

“I am very excited to be returning for what will be my third year at Brisbane Strikers,” Cash explained.

“It is very important to give the boys in their first year of full field football a strong foundation to build on the fundamental skills they have developed in SAP.”

“We will work on a game-centred approach where the focus is still on individual player development but now increasing their ability to play as part of the wider team function.”

Cash further explained that working under Ferrer, who spent six years with the Real Madrid Academy in his native Spain, is delivering an unrivalled platform for junior player development.

“The approach Nacho brings is very unique to Australian football and it is giving our players an advantage in their development,” he said.

“We are using the FFA model but also taking it a step further and exposing our players to a different and more comprehensive style of football.”

“This is a progressive club and the processes Nacho has implemented so far are very positive for our players and the future of the club.”

Further Brisbane Strikers Academy coaches will be announced in coming days by the club.

Trials will be commencing soon for Brisbane Strikers Academy teams for the National Premier Leagues 2020 season.

To express your interest in trialing, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

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