Arana United will benefit from new coaching nous for the inaugural SEQ Futsal Premier League season following the recent AFC Level 1 Futsal Coaching Course in Melbourne.
Head Coaches Barry McErlean and Arash Reghabi attended the six-day course, part of futsal’s advanced coaching pathway, to sharpen their skills ahead of the competition’s October launch.
Former Futsalroos coach Scott Gilligan and ex-Adelaide United striker Cristiano, FFSA’s Futsal Director of Coaching, led the course while McErlean and Reghabi were joined by the likes of veteran Futsalroos star Fernando de Moraes.
“It just gave me a fresh perspective of the game,” McErlean said.
“It was good to get a new package of drills and a lot of knowledge about the tactical stuff, the formations and all the different types of training activities you can do for all of that.
“For myself and Arash the timing of it was perfect. We’ve just done this course and we’re about to embark on our new Premier League campaign.
“It was a really good refresher and a good way to gain a lot more knowledge to make us more prepared.
“Plus we’ve got other, more junior coaches that will be working with us so hopefully we can impart some of our knowledge on to them.”
McErlean and Reghabi will combine with a growing coaching panel to guide Arana’s junior development and senior teams through the first SEQ Futsal Premier League season.
McErlean doubles as the Brisbane club’s president and is excited by the new interest created by the competition.
“We’ve had a lot of really positive feedback and a lot of interest,” he said.
“We’re very much looking forward to being part of this new structure of the home-and-away type competition. I think that adds an extra dimension to what we’re doing.
“I think it’s helping to create a sense of belonging to a club.”