Box Hill United MiniRoos' (U/5-U/7) coach Irene Paracki features in this edition of our 'Coaches Q&A'.
1) What is your coaching philosophy for teaching kids football?
My coaching philosophy for the MiniRoos would be enjoy playing football, learning new skills, keeping active, but most importantly having fun. These kids are only 5,6,7 years old. So, it is important that they learn social skills as well as play football.
2) What club/national team shirt would be your preferred retro kit?
It is not really a retro kit but I would have to say my New York Red Bulls top. My mum travelled to America and whilst she was there, she bought the top for me. At the time, Tim Cahill was playing for them, so I got [his name] on the back.
3) During this period of isolation, what is one new thing you have learnt/want to learn as a football coach?
I would love to create new drills to run in the sessions with the MiniRoos. Ones that are engaging, but also instrumental in benefiting their skill sets. I make it my goal for them to enjoy the sessions, but I also want them to be learning new skills every day.
4) What is one thing we do not know about you as a football coach?
I watch a lot of soccer highlights in my spare time. I actually struggle to watch full matches, because I am always eager to see the best parts, which for me are the goals. I learn a lot from watching these videos.