Fancy footwork on display at national festival

GLENORCHY Knights under-12 players went head-to-head against teams from across the country in early March when they tested their skills in the fifth annual National Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) Festival.

Held in Devonport, the three-day event saw teams from under-12 member federation programs, A-League academies and under-12 accredited SAP clubs compete in the skills-based festival.

Glenorchy Knights SAP coordinator Anita Furjanic said the club’s under-12 team had been training since January in preparation for the event.

“With several practice matches held prior to the festival, coaches Rodney Tonks and Scott Horne were extremely pleased with the team’s performance against such top-quality competition,” she said.

“With around 300 talented footballers participating, the National SAP Festival has amazing levels of skill on display and allows Tasmanian clubs and federation programs to benchmark themselves against stronger teams from the mainland.

“The children and parents had a great time in Devonport, especially with a welcome barbecue at the event and team recovery sessions at the beach.

“We are very lucky to have such an event in Tasmania and are thankful to Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) for organising the festival.”

The Glenorchy Knights Football Club runs its SAP program for under-nine to under-12 boys and girls and focuses on four key skills – first touch, running with the ball, striking the ball and one-on-one.

Players do not need to be a member of the Glenorchy Knights to participate in the program.

The Glenorchy Knights SAP program runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.15-6.15pm at Eady Street, Glenorchy.

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Caption: The Glenorchy Knights under-12 team travelled to Devonport in March to compete in the fifth annual National SAP Festival.

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