Box Hill United U/13 boys’ new head coach Clement Guemas has highlighted how he is looking to add to his learning curve while at the helm.
Guemas, from Rennes in France, joins Box Hill after a short coaching spell across the pond in Auckland in 2019.
Prior to this, he had gathered extensive football experience both as a player and a youth coach at French outfits TA Rennes and CPB Brequigny.
Pleased with the environment at Wembley Park that fosters learning for coaches and players alike, Guemas said, “It is an amazing challenge to be here and be a part of the club. It is a very good organisation here.
“The team manager and the other staff are focused on football, so that makes my job easier. I am here for learning.”
Box Hill junior boys, including the U/13s, begin their 2020 JBNPL season this Sunday with a lip-smacking derby fixture against cross-town rivals Eastern Lions.
Hence, the 29-year-old head coach has a clear message for his players: “Be ready, the season is going to be very long and tough.”
He added, “[But] I am confident about the group we have got. It has good potential. I am sure they are very involved in what they are doing.
“At this stage, they are already in love with football. I was the same at this age. They take pleasure to come at training, to have fun.
“My role is to make them keep going [ahead] in football. [It’s also about] taking responsibility and working as a team.”
Box Hill senior men’s striker Stuart Edgar will be Guemas’ deputy for this term – an addition the head coach praised within the U/13s’ structure, which will now have an ideal role model.
“He (Stuart) plays for the first team, so it is nice for the [junior] players to get a coach who represents the first team. He can bring many details and explanations, and make them focus on what he is saying,” said Guemas.
“He has good knowledge because he coached for a few seasons in Queensland. Also, I’ll learn with him and he’ll learn with me. So, it is a very good exchange.”