The final day of the PS4 NPL Player Pathways Camp has arrived, with one lucky youngster of 24 set to earn a trial with the Sydney FC youth-team following today’s proceedings.
Yesterday morning started off with a physical testing session, run by the National High Performance Team, which saw the players put through their paces in a professional environment. The physical testing consisted of a Vertical Leap test and a Yo-Yo Intermittent test , which tests a players anaerobic capacity.
Once this was complete, the players were treated to a media training session, which saw some of Australia’s leading football journalists inform all the players on the Australian Football media landscape, and what they expect from players (and vice versa). At the end of this session, the National High Performance Team ran a seminar on hydration and nutrition, something all of the players found to be extremely valuable.
Once all this was complete, the 24 players hit the park for an extremely intense 90-minute training session. It was the first session where footballs were integrated and there were clearly a few signs of nerves from each player early on. The longer the session went, the more comfortable each player became and the talent of each individual was on show.
Today will see all players put through another training session, before the show piece event, a practice match, from which one player will be crowned the inaugural PS4 Player Pathway Award recipient and win a 2-week trial with Sydney FC’s Youth League side.
Keeping a watchful eye over all of the players, as well as selecting the ultimate winner, will be a judging panel comprised of:
- Former Socceroo and current Socceroos Assistant Coach – Ante Milicic
- Former Socceroo and Hyundai A-League coach, and PS4 NPL Ambassador – John Kosmina
- Sydney FC Youth League Head Coach – Rob Stanton
- Former Socceroo, Chief Analyst for The World Game on SBS and Chairman of the PFA – Craig Foster
All coaches and scouts from each Hyundai A-League club have also been invited to attend the PS4 Player Pathway Award Camp.
Today the player’s will be put through the final day of camp culminating in the decisive practice match:
- x1 60 minute training sessions
- Mock Press Conference – led by Adam Peacock
- Practice Match
The 24 players (three from each PlayStation 4 NPL competition around the country) invited to the camp are as follows…