INTERVIEW: Senior women’s head coach discusses new challenge

November 24, 2019

Box Hill United senior women’s head coach Jorge Leon is setting his sights to lay firm foundations for his team, ahead of a fresh challenge for season 2020.

 

With Football Victoria’s restructuring of the women’s football set-up, NPLW season 2020 is slated to be an eight-team affair. Box Hill ladies, who finished fifth in 2019 and reached the Nike FC Cup final for a second consecutive time, are now undergoing their preparations with coach Jorge.

 

Sharing his thoughts before his first stint as Box Hill senior women’s head coach, Jorge said, “I am ready for the challenge and we are preparing well to meet our set goals. Pre-season training has started, and everyone is progressing nicely.”

 

He added, “The players need to be prepared both mentally and physically. The team is bonding well with the introduction of new faces to the squad. We are looking forward to our practice matches, where we will be able to fine-tune the communication within the team.”

 

Jorge, from Lima (Peru), made his rendezvous at Wembley Park with a wealth of coaching experience, to which he has added consistently since first stepping on the other side of the white line in 2008.

 

Formerly a youth player with Universatario de Deportes in South America, Jorge previously coached Hampton Junior soccer club’s U/13 boys and Kingston City’s U/18 boys.

 

But his fame grew in women’s football coaching as part of South Melbourne’s women’s program, where he was senior assistant coach from 2015 to 2017, helping guide them to titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

 

He also coached South’s U/19 girls to NPLW victory in 2018 – taking out the league premiership, championship and golden boot for the 2018 season, with a total 121 goals in the league.

 

Jorge is now keen to instil his football philosophy at the Box Hill senior women’s squad. The head coach explained, “As a South American, I like to approach the game with an intelligent attacking style of football and be proactive.

 

“The players will learn to play this style of football, with thought and respect for the game.

It will be a good challenge for the players to pick up on this style of coaching, and increase their technical and tactical skills.”

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