EXCLUSIVE: He was a rare football talent and now former Socceroo and NSL star Con Boutsianis has produced an Australian first: a coaching app for the iPhone.
Boutsianis, a junior coach based on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne, has launched the “Learn Football” app which can be downloaded onto a remote device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod.
The former Perth Glory and South Melbourne star says the technology now available taps into today’s need for flexibility in training times and locations for players, coaches and parents.
"I'm not here to put coaches out of work or to have kids do my program alone - this should be viewed as an aid to players, coaches and parents,” Boutsianis told au.fourfourtwo.com.
“This is the first time Australian kids can get access to an elite coaching program in a platform they understand and identify with. All you need is a ball, a wall and motivation.”
The four-times capped Socceroo is keen to stress that nothing replaces practising skills in training on a regular basis but that the app allows for a greater convenience in delivering coaching programs.
Boutsianis appears to be at the cutting edge of this technology in Australia although one company in the US has already launched such an app.
Boutsianis’s app features a ‘Wall of Excellence’ system, 36 instructional videos which the former player says allows between 1000 and 3000 touches of the ball every hour.
For more information, head to http://learnfootball.tv and search the app store for ‘Learn Football’ or visit the group at http://facebook.com/learnfootball - they are running a competition to win an iPod touch and three footballs.