Box Hill United U/15 boys’ new head coach Reda Benhammoud hailed a professional learning environment at Wembley Park, and spoke about “a great opportunity” for development.
Benhammoud, from Morocco, took the reins with our U/15 boys for season 2020, following a diverse range of experience playing and coaching across the Middle East, Europe and Africa. His journey in Australia began three years back, with Diamond Valley.
The first impression has been positive in new surroundings, Benhammoud explained: “For every coach, when you come to a new club, it’s challenging. From my first day, when I had my meeting with the technical director, [I could see] this club is something.
“It’s very professional, and I am happy to be here and be a part of the club. At Box Hill, I can see there is a great atmosphere to give a good learning to the players and learn from the club as well. It’s a great opportunity for myself as a coach, and hopefully I can be at that level that the club expects from me.”
With preparations already underway for Box Hill’s U/15s at their temporary training base at Monash University, the 33-year-old coach is keen to provide his players with the right platform, to build on the existing quality.
Benhammoud added, “The quality of my team [here], the players are at a very good level. I set up and prepare my sessions in a professional way, to give them exactly what they deserve.
“I am starting with the basic things. Every session, I can see progress; and [based on] that progress and what I see the majority of the players need, I go for that session, which can be crossing, passing or shooting, and some intensity for them. It’s because at the start of the season, I want them to be ready for the league.”
And his message is very clear to the players. “Football is a game – if it’s a game, have fun and play it; and if there is any stress you feel, give it to me. You are here to enjoy the session,” said the former Diamond Valley coach.