Mel Andreatta Signs As Strikers Academy Coach

Sep 06, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers is excited to announce Mel Andreatta as the club’s Under 16’s and Under 18’s coach for the National Premier Leagues 2020 season.

The highly-regarded Andreatta joins the Brisbane Strikers Academy following three seasons as head coach of Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League team, where she guided the side to the 2017-2018 Premiership and won the competition’s Coach of the Year award.

Holding an AFC ‘A’ Licence and working towards her Pro Licence, Andreatta has served as assistant coach to the Westfield Matildas since 2017, including their recent FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in France, and boasts a strong record in developing junior footballers with previous roles in national and state girls junior teams.

Andreatta’s appointment is a strong 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.

The role marks her return to coaching junior and senior boys football after previously establishing school programs at West Moreton College and Cavendish Road State High School, where she coached current Brisbane Strikers first team players Cade McDermott and Ryan Palmer.

Andreatta said she is excited by the potential of her new role and working with Brisbane Strikers Technical Director Nacho Ferrer.

“The Brisbane Strikers philosophy is something I am very eager to be involved with,” Andreatta explained.

“The meetings I have had with Nacho have been very detailed and specific about how we will support the players and teams to play the Strikers way.”

“I’m looking forward to assisting the club to achieve its goals of being the number one NPL club in not only Queensland, but also Australia.”

She added, “I have a strong desire to be the best coach I can be and that requires being involved in a competition run over many months and many games that is played at a high pace.”

Ferrer, who previously spent six years with Real Madrid’s Academy in his native Spain, said Andreatta is a strong asset as he continues to his mission to deliver a junior coaching structure unrivalled in Queensland.

“One of the most important things for these age groups is that Mel has been working in an elite senior environment and knows what is required to excel at that level,” Ferrer explained.

“She is the perfect coach to lead this age group in their final step in our Academy and fully prepare and promote players into senior football.”

Andreatta’s role as head coach of both the Under 16 and Under 18 teams will see both teams regularly train with each other in line with Brisbane Strikers Academy’s whole-of-player and game-realistic training methodology.

Andreatta will be supported in her role across both teams by assistant coaches Dave De Silva and Dante Stehn – both most recently serving as assistant coaches at Brisbane Roar.

Andreatta explained her coaching team will deliver a highly coordinated and professional training and development program, while allowing her to continue her role with the Westfield Matildas.

“The flexibility and support offered by Brisbane Strikers to continue my roles with the Matildas was very appealing to me,” she explained.

“I have two great assistant coaches that will maintain the standards, processes and methodology whenever I am away with the Matildas.”

“We will be doing everything possible to ensure the success of the Brisbane Strikers program and develop the best players we can for (senior head coach) Owen Baker and the senior team,” she concluded.

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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