Learn more about one of our new faces for 2022 – Under 10 Girls SAP coach Sai van Wegen!
Can you tell us about your coaching history? Which clubs have you previously been involved with?
I started coaching in 2019 with my local club Wakehurst FC, and have been working full-time in football since then in various roles and programs including Manly United, Sydney FC, Football Australia, Roseville, Narrabeen Sports High and several other clubs and schools, and I’m hoping to reach the highest level I can one day.
What are you looking forward to this season coaching at Northern Tigers?
I recently moved to Northern Tigers to further my coaching experience under the guidance and support of Eilidh Mackay and Jason Eagar. Since day one everyone has been very positive, supportive and friendly, and I’m really looking forward to enjoying a great season with the players and coaching staff.
How would you describe your coaching philosophy?
I like creating an enjoyable, creative, supportive and fun environment. I always try to make my sessions as realistic and game based as possible. In terms of style of play, I believe in not keeping possession for the sake of keeping possession, but instead trying to effectively move the ball to create as many goal scoring chances as possible.
What attracted you to join Northern Tigers? What do you like about the club?
I was attracted to the supportive programs that Northern Tigers offer to their coaches through mentoring but also a lot of collaboration, and the many opportunities to progress as a coach that are available here.
What goals do you have for the team this season?
Every time I coach my biggest focus is to ensure that the players enjoy their time on the field and they are excited to come back every week and every new season.
I also want to be a good role model for any aspiring coaches and players on their football journey, especially in the female side of the game to help grow female football in Australia.