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A group of talented Great Southern soccer players have begun a program aimed at getting them State and national-level opportunities.

Football West has started its talent support program in the region — an elite development pathway that can provide regional players with State and national-level experience.

A Football West scout will look at the players in the Great Southern hub to invite selected members to Perth and from there national opportunities can open up.

The program is being run by Football West Great Southern regional development officer Sarthak Mishra and last month the players had a physical screening by local physiotherapist Jeremy Wallis.

Along with a physio, the program provides a nutritionist, a gym and pool recovery sessions to ensure players are getting full support to improve their game.

Football West Technical Manager Cris Ola said the new hub in the Great Southern was exciting.

“The Talent Support Program is expanding to new regional area, with a new hub created this year in Albany,” he said.

“The main purpose of this new TSP hub will be to assist talented players in the regions with their development in a more competitive environment, including technical and tactical aspects.

“Sarthak Mishra will co-ordinate the program, which we hope to motivate and assist regional players to improve and accelerate their development, targeting selection in regional State teams.”

Funding from the Great Southern Sport Talent Association has allowed the program to offer their athletes physio, gym and recovery sessions and Mishra was hopeful these players can progress to a higher level in the near future.

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