BOASTING more than three decades of experience as a player and coach, there are not many people better qualified to help foster the next generation of talent than WA football legend Stephen Malaxos.
In a glittering playing career spanning more than 16 years, Malaxos picked up the 1984 Sandover Medal as a Claremont Tiger, played 66 games for the West Coast Eagles and won two WAFL premierships in the twilight of his career with East Fremantle.
He has also coached at AFL level with the Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers and most recently helmed East Fremantle for four and a half years.
Just over a year ago, the 55-year-old launched the Stepehn Malaxos Footy Academy, turning his attention to junior coaching.
“I thought there was an area of the market that wasn’t being covered,” he said.
“There are a lot of clinics and squads in place but I think a more specific style of coaching that focuses on small groups and individuals is beneficial for some players.
“We’ve generally relied on club systems to develop our kids but let’s face it, if you want to be really good it’s not going to happen by training twice a week at your club.”
Malaxos is running two school holiday football clinics at Karoonda Reserve in Booragoon on April 11 and 12.
Open to boys and girls aged 10 to 17, the group clinics will focus on skills-based drills and game sense.
“I’ve had some interest from parents that find it difficult to get their kids along Monday to Friday during school times so this is an opportunity for them to get a taste of what I do,” he said.
“I usually prefer much smaller groups or one-on-one sessions that have a heavy focus on things like goal-kicking, handballing and marking technique.
“For these two hour clinics we’ll be doing some of that kind of thing and also some adapted drills with a big focus on fun.”
To register for the clinics, which run from 9am to 11am both days, email firstname.lastname@example.org