Garriock excited by new role in women’s football development

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Not only has Canberra United re-signed coach Heather Garriock to lead the nations capital outfit for her third season, but she has also undertaken a new role.

Garriock will oversee female football pathways in a bid to eye out local talent in the ACT and surrounding regions.

The new position has the 36-year-old former Matilda feeling very optimistic about the influence she will have over women’s football in Canberra.

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“There is nothing better to be able to effect the younger generation and be able to pass on my experiences of being a professional and a Matilda,” Garriock said.

“Just to see the younger talent coming through, being able to coach them and advise them and be apart of their aspirations and pathway’s is super exciting for me.

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“Especially in the ACT, we have some great talent.”

The United manager is eager to begin her tenure in the role and expressed that there are many opportunities and pathways for talented players to reach the pinnacle of their sport.

“We have a very direct pathway to the W-League with Canberra United and that starts from our SAP (Skills Acquisition Program) program,” Garriock explained.

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“We are just trying to get as much talent as possible and then that’s just going to follow on to the Canberra United Academy program.

“There’s a program in-between our Canberra United Academy program which is the Canberra United winter program which bridges the gap between the academy program to the W-League.

“I will coach that winter program which will allow girls that aren’t under the age of 17 to be able to come and train with me year round so they can be prospects for Canberra United.

“It’s a really important role, I acknowledge that and I think it’s even more important to develop these young girls.”

Garriock will take charge of United in her third consecutive season when the Westfield W-League returns in October.

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Canberra have failed to make the finals in the last two campaigns after finishing fifth and eighth respectively.

Despite a far from ideal 2018-19, Garriock is thrilled to be in the dugout and continue to work on the positive glimpses shown last term.

“I feel honoured to be re-appointed as the head coach of Canberra United this W-League season,” Garriock said.

“I’m super excited, especially that I get to continue to build on what we had worked really hard on last season.”

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United are in search of a potent goal-scorer and though Garriock is keen to fill that void, she is satisfied with the majority of her squad.

“I’m going to retain the core of the squad,” Garriock mentioned.

“I think we were unlucky with some of the results. I think the camaraderie and the culture of the team were exceptional.”

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Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.