Beech and Stopper appointed as reserve coaches

­UWA Nedlands FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Beech and Clive Stopper as co-coaches of the State League Reserves side for 2016.

Following the departure of Jonathan Lupolo-Chan, the club decided to look within the club for his replacement to solidify a club wide philosophy. Both Beech and Stopper will be taking on player/coach roles.

Clive Stopper was the First Team captain last season and also won the club’s Best and Fairest award for the 2015 season. Stopper offers a wealth of experience playing in both the UK and Australia. He was approached by the club to take on the role shortly after Lupolo-Chan’s departure, “Initially I was taken back by the offer as coaching was not something on my radar. However, the more I thought about it, the more I became excited for the new challenge that awaited.”

 Stopper is a firm believer of building future first teamers, “our aim in the reserves will be to develop every player so that they are competing to challenge for a first team shirt. We intend to work very closely with Michael Janssen so that everyone understands what is required when playing in either team.”

Chris Beech was the Reserves captain in the 2015 season; additionally, he picked up the Reserves Golden Boot from defence. Beech had almost hung up the boots after an illustrious career; however, the offer was too good to refuse, “Clive approached me about the opportunity to be involved again in a playing/coaching role. I really enjoy the boys and squad atmosphere so it was an easy decision to dust off the boots and get involved.”

Beech has high hopes for the side, but is also hoping to facilitate future first teamers, “we aim to finish somewhere in the top 6 and develop plenty of the boys to be involved with the first team by the end of the season. If we can achieve this, and have the boys enjoying their football, this should be the measure of our success in the role.”

Both coaches will be working closely with Technical Director Gerhard Janssen and Head Coach Michael Janssen. Michael Janssen believes the appointments will only strengthen the UWA Nedlands FC setup, “I am happy that the club raised the quality of coaching for our reserves by installing Clive and Chris for this young and willing squad. Both are experienced players and the feedback from the team has been extremely positive in the first couple weeks. I am happy to work with them as a unit and develop the players for the benefit of the club.”

All three State League squads will play friendlies this Saturday against Balga SC away from home in preparation for their season opener with reigning State League Division 1 champions Mandurah City FC on the 9th of April at UWA Sports Park.