At Easts FC, we ensure that our members are educated and trained by qualified, passionate and dedicated coaching staff. Our coaching staff are at the heart of our club and we feel extremely proud of the quality of coaches’ that Easts FC attracts and is able to share with our members. Across all levels, age groups and genders we aim to provide an inclusive environment which fosters learning and development for all.
Over the next few months, we will be featuring an Easts FC Coach Spotlight on one of our valuable coaching staff per week. So make sure you watch this space to learn more about our coaches’ who aim to have a positive impact on all of our members, every single day that they take the field with you.
Easts FC Coach Spotlight
Alex Abenza – Head Coach Easts FC
Coaching Qualifications: FFA/AFC B Licence* , FFA/AFC ‘C’ Combined Youth and Senior Licence, Certificate IV in Sport Development, General Principles of Community Coaching (Australian Sport Commission), Futbol-Táctico Skill Training Certificate, F.C Barcelona Theory and Practice with Eusebio Sacristan, Futbol-Táctico Tactic Periodization, Futbol-Táctico Licenciatura en Derecho.
Easts FC teams: Head Coach of several teams ranging from Little Easts (3s and 4s) up to All Ages Women
Favourite thing about Easts FC: The club culture and camaraderie, between players, coaches, parents and administrators. It is not easy to find something like that anywhere else and make you feel like you are part of a great Football Family.
Favourite team and player: F.C Barcelona and Messi
Advice for young footballers: ENJOY, football is the most beautiful game in the world! Hard work beats talent and IT DEPENDS ON YOU, it is not on your coaches, parents or team-mates… How much do YOU want it?
Favourite memory in football:
- As a coach, when in 2019 I saw the Easts FC U12s walking into the pitch before playing the Kanga Cup Grand Final. Teams lined up close to each other and I saw the Easts boys cheering for each other and getting together before playing. I remember the faces in the opposition. I knew the game was won since that moment. We won 3-0.
- As a spectator, when Iniesta scored the 1-0 in the extra time against Holland to give Spain the World Cup.
- As a player, I have too many to pick one. I still try to keep collecting as many as possible!
“Being part of Easts since 2016, my aim is to engage with children and adults whatever their age, ability or individual motivation to build confidence and empower players to realise their full potential to play the beautiful game and deal better with their daily life situations. Improving and learning every day and aiming to take Australian youth football system to the next level.” Alex Abenza
Coaching Qualifications: Youth Football Coach ( Argentinian Football Coaches Association-Argentina), Professional Football Coach (Argentinian Football Association- Argentina), Business Administration ( Pontificia Bolivariana University- Colombia) and Certificate III Fitness (Australia)
Easts FC Teams: Little Easts – U9 DS, U9 DS, U12 Frankfurt and 1 on 1 private sessions
Favourite thing about Easts FC: What I like most about Easts FC is being able to share everyday with children of different ages, where each one of them shows a joy and a love for soccer that gives me additional motivation. In addition, I have the opportunity to learn from coaches from many parts of the world and understand that this sport is a universal language.
Favourite team and player: Boca Juniors (ARG) and Juan Roman Riquelme
Advice for young footballers: My biggest advice to young players is that they have to believe that regardless of difficulties, injuries, competition, they always have to believe in their own potential. When they realise how valuable they are, their dreams in the football and in life can come true with effort and responsibility everyday.
Favourite memory in football: My greatest memory in football was when as a child I always dreamed of knowing the “La bombonera” stadium, where my favourite team plays as home; in 2008 on a vacation trip I had the opportunity to meet the place by watching a live BOCA JUNIORS-RACING game. It was an impressive environment, 60,000 people shouting and enjoying the game, in addition, my idol RIQUELME, scored 2 goals. The match ended 3 -1 and I couldn’t believe I was there at the time… the dream continues.
“Sharing every day with the children, players and different coaches makes me grow as a person and a professional. The experience working in Colombia, Argentina, China and Australia makes me see that in every part of the world there are very talented children who want to develop their skills through soccer; I am proud to share my knowledge, love and passion for what I do with the whole Easts FC family.” Sebastian Munoz
Coaching Qualifications: FFA Skills Training Certificate (2018)
Easts FC Teams: U8s – U11s (Boys and Mixed), Girls 10s – 13s.
Favourite thing about Easts FC: A real sense of community, club identity and team pride!
Favourite team and player: Club América (MEX) & Rafael Márquez
Advice for young footballers: Create good habits, prepare yourself, embrace the challenge, grow from feedback and enjoy the ride.
Favourite memory in football: Being 8 years old, holding a Club America player’s hand while walking down the field at a bursting Azteca Stadium (110,000 spectators at the time!)
“One day you will ‘hang up the boots’ and will realize that soccer taught you lifelong skills. Discipline, teamwork, communication, rivalry, loyalty, honesty and respect travel beyond the field.” Iñaki Ortiz
Coaching Qualifications: Grassroots coaching certificate, SAP training certificate (Skills and Acquisition Program), Diploma of community service and certificate II in public safety and aquatic rescue.
Easts FC Teams: Coordinator of Easts FC Minis, U6/7s. Little Easts (3-5yrs), DS – U8, U9 and U10.
Favourite thing about Easts FC: The inclusive culture and spirit of the club. The bond created between players through sport is priceless, the opportunity and environment Easts FC can offer for that is definitely an outstanding attribute of the club.
Favourite team and player: Liverpool FC and Steven Gerard.
Advice for young footballers: Don’t forget what made you fall in love with our beautiful game. Always compete with the purpose of fulfilment and education, on and off the field.
Favourite memory in football: Winning the local derby during my time spent in the NPL Youth Leagues.
“I joined Easts FC as a junior player over 10 years ago and came back as a youth coach after leaving to play in the NPL youth leagues. I have now been coaching at the club for over 5 years throughout all age groups and now specialise in the early development stages with our Little Easts program and Minis (U6/7s). I look forward to extending my experience and knowledge as a coach with the aim to soon complete the FFA C Licence.” Rohan Ball.