TDS = Talent Development Squads. Tryouts for TDS are held over 3-4 weeks each February. Players will be selected by coaching staff and Committee and will form teams that will train and play together throughout the Winter Competition. From each squad, Country Week teams will be selected and these teams will travel to travel to Perth for Country Week in the first week of the Term 3 school holidays. Depending on player numbers, the age groupings are: Under 12 Girls, 11s (9-11), 13s (12-13), 15s (14-15),17s (16-17).
Age is determined by how old you will be on Dec 31st. Girls may play down 1 year if they wish. For example, a 12 year old girl may play in the 11s but a 13yo girl would have to play in 13s. A 14yo girl could play in the 13s etc.
The squads will continue to train throughout the year and will also play 2 games each Sunday in the Winter Competition. They will play a game in a team of their age group as usual but will also play a 2nd game in the age grouping above theirs with their TDS team. This is to challenge their abilities, familiarise themselves with their team and get them used to playing 2 games a day (as they do at Country Week).
For example; TDS 11s will play in the 13s comp, TDS 13s in the 15s comp and TDS 15-17s (subject to player size and capability) will play in the Senior comp under the guidance of our Head Coach and a number of coaches who have made successful application for their positions.
Selection of the majority of TDS teams will take place shortly after registrations close in March. Players will need to be registered to be considered. After this time additional selections may be made by coach invitation only. TDS teams will be reduced by a few players to choose the final Country Week side close to the end of the season.
If players are unable to make a commitment to attending Country Week if selected, they may like to re-evaluate their application so that an another player can be selected and participate.
Country Week is held annually in the September/October school holidays and attracts over 1,000 players, coaches, volunteers and spectators for a week long football extravaganza. The tournament is specifically designed for the regional areas with key objectives being to hold a regional championship, to identify talented players and to provide coaches with education and development.
The first 4 days involves a round robin of matches against various teams from Albany to Broome where teams play 2 games each day. Finals are played on the Friday. Last year Esperance Soccer Association took 5 teams totalling 60+ players to the tournament where we saw good sportsmanship on and off the field and various levels of success at the matches.
Football West will implement Regional Selectors for each age group, who will be responsible (in conjunction with the Regional Associations) for the identification of players within that age group. At Country Week players will be selected to join the Regional Centre Academy Program (if applicable) and to attend QBE Country Camp which is traditionally held in the April school holidays which will enable identified players to continue to receive hands on specialist training.
Fundraising & SPONSORSHIP
Esperance Soccer Association endeavours to help make Country Week affordable to parents by keeping costs low (where possible), fundraising and by seeking Sponsorship. Country Week costs approximately $450 per child (all inclusive) to attend.
Sponsorship is sought annually to help fund the costs associated with Country Week.
If you have fundraising ideas or opportunities please pass them on to a Committee Member or contact us by phone or email.
2018 Sponsorships are now open! Please contact us for more information.
Our sincere thanks goes to the 2017 Country Week Sponsors:
Horizon Power (major shirt sponsor), Western Areas Forrestania (major jacket sponsor), Southern Ports Authority – Port of Esperance (major jacket sponsor)