Under 19s footy at the Blacks offers our younger players a fantastic footy experience on and off the field.

High quality coaching and excellent facilities are combined with a strong focus on building a supportive and engaging team dynamic. For students new to Melbourne or university the Blacks provides the opportunity to meet fellow footy loving students and to rapidly feel at home in a positive and lively environment.

The club is delighted to welcome Chris Smith as the Blacks Under 19s coach for 2018.

Chris grew up playing for the Swan Hill Football Club before moving to Melbourne for study where he played Blacks U19s in 2008 and 2009, winning the goal kicking award in 2009.

Since then Chris has played senior footy with Swan Hill FC and Woomelang FC. Chris has also coached extensively in junior football and rep level basketball. In 2017 Chris coached the Swan Hill FC Colts to a premiership and was also a selector for the Swan Hill FC senior side.

Chris will be working closely with our senior coach Cam Roberts (ex Geelong) and our new football manager Adam Pattison (ex Hawthorn, Richmond) to provide a first class footy experience for our Under 19s.

Training for the under 19s starts around the beginning of the academic year. Before then U19 players are most welcome to join seniors pre-season training – check the web site for details.

The Blacks in 2018 will be an exciting and vibrant place to be and the Under 19s will be a huge part of it. To hear more please call, drop us a text or email today!

Contacts:

Justin Gray, recruiting: 0417 158 235 jrgray@bigpond.net.au

Chris Smith, coach: 0400 019 391 chris.j.smith3@hotmail.com