INTERVIEW: Feel-good factor at the club is important – Brian Roberts

February 12, 2019

Box Hill United senior women’s team kick-off 2019 with a home friendly against Senior NTC on Saturday (16 Feb.), and head coach Brian Roberts has hailed the positive vibe around the club.

 

The friendly match is one of the many attractions at Wembley Park this Saturday, as the U/20 boys and senior men play their Northcote City counterparts in the league. Plus, jersey presentation to our junior players and MiniRoos will complement other fun activities including a ‘Kick for Cash’ competition and the ‘Box Hill United Sprint’.

Praising the club’s commitment towards creating an engaging support for the teams, Roberts said, “I think the club and committee have shown quite clearly their intensions for the club to be as one. For me, it’s a great environment to work in and I always look forward to coming to the club.

“More importantly for the players, they are going to get the support they need. After all, for them to progress they need that feel-good factor, which the club itself is providing. I think you will get more out of the players in that environment.”

Giving the latest lowdown on how his squad has been shaping up, the former Reading FC striker said, “I couldn’t be happier with the squad of players that we have assembled this season. We have worked extremely hard in the off-season and are now looking a lot more structured than when we started out.

“We have [several young players] in the squad, but I’m watching them grow, as they are getting more confident with what I am asking them to do. The senior players have been truly great. We still have plenty to work on, but we have a good foundation to move ahead.”

 

 

Roberts further reasoned the team’s commitment and unity are enabling them to progress beyond the set targets, and said, “In the beginning, I had a vision of hoping where we would be at this stage. To be truthful, I think we are slightly ahead because of the team’s unity and the hard work the players have done in the off-season.

“We have plenty of motivation this year individually and as a team. All these things are used as a positive to meet our objectives.”

Looking ahead, the 2018 NPLW Coach of the Year is aiming for the right results in the early rounds, and added, “At this point we have a fully fit squad of 18 players, leaving the door open for something special.

“It’s a long season, and all I am looking for at the moment, is a comfortable start in the first nine rounds [of fixtures]. In doing that, the belief that we can push for the top-four will hold us in good stead.”

 

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