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Men's BPL 2019 Season

Having finished in fourth place in 2018, The Gap Men's BPL squad will be hoping to emulate that in 2019.

The Club is delighted with the appointment of new Head Coach/Technical Director Mark Strickland who has been brought in specifically to coordinate the club's new three-year strategic plans on behalf of the men's section.

His remit is to incorporate a full scale improvement in all of our men’s performance sides from the first team down to U18s, and set up designated systems for player and coach development over a three-year period.

His coaching credentials, which date back to the 1990s in the UK, are second to none; he holds an FFA B-Licence as well as having been an Army physical training instructor with sports injury accreditation.

In his day job as a Major in the Australian Army, he is also Head coach and TD of the Australian Army National football team.

He has been U20 Head Coach at the Australian National Football Training Centre in Canberra, preparing the country’s best young players for a professional career, Victorian State Academy Coach, Northern Territory State coach and NPL U20s Head Coach at Northern Fury FC under Ian Ferguson.

He has recognised organisational skills which will have a significant impact on all of our coaching systems for the benefit of all members of the men’s group.

He has also held senior Head Coach/TD roles at a number of premier clubs throughout Australia, and also held senior coaching positions in the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Croatia.

He has specialised in working with and developing high performance players from U18 upwards in both State and Representative teams for many years which offers tremendous opportunities for the club's best players, and negates the need for them to move elsewhere in search of more sophisticated professional development.

He brings with him a wealth of experience which dovetails perfectly with the club's new three-year strategic plan. He will be responsible for the men’s seniors teams and also the coaches, where coaching, mentoring, education and development will be a priority.

He will also have responsibility to ensure the best high performance players at the club are identified and fast-tracked into senior football as soon as they are ready.

There will be database reports on all performance players (including first team squad) with regular progress reports for self improvement and development.

He will co-ordinate all of the senior training, and introduce a clear philosophy and style of play in all performance sides.

Pre-season training will commence in November for current and returning Gap players and trials will commence on November 27th.

Any quality players interested in attending preseason training please contact Club Secretary, John Mullaney, gapfcsec@gmail.com for further information.