FC Eaglehawk's youth team will be under the coaching guidance of one of the club's most experienced players.
Multiple championship winning player, captain and coach Matt Schepers will lead the youth team in the 2020 BASL season.
With the pre-season starting soon, Schepers already has big plans for the season ahead.
"I'm going to make sure the players are good enough to take the step to our senior team by teaching them different styles, set-ups and skills to give them proper game awareness," Schepers said.
Schepers' vast experience on the field with the hawks across multiple roles has given him deep insight into what it takes for a team succeed.
"I will focus on structure, discipline and ensure the players really take on board what's occurring on the field," he said.
FC Eaglehawk youth player Nicholas Tonzing looks forward to playing under Schepers' leadership.
"I've seen Matt work with the seniors before. How he approaches the role, talks to players, on-field positioning and how he comes across with his words is all very good," Tonzing said.
Hawks president Ben Pengelly said Schepers was "undoubtedly" one of Bendigo's best coaches.
"He is an all round club legend at Eaglehawk," Pengelly said.
"It's an honour for the club to have him take on the youth coach role next season, the boys are going to see a big difference."
Now that the youth team's coach has been sorted, the next goal was to lock in the senior men's coach.
"We've been searching long and hard for the best fit for the team," Pengelly said.
"Stay tuned, we will have a big announcement early next year."
Another project in the works at the Borough was to hold another soccer match on the QEO to celebrate NAIDOC week.
"We're hoping the QEO match becomes an annual game," Pengelly said.
"We will have talks with the BASL and City of Greater Bendigo in the coming weeks to try and lock it in."
The club was given the 2019 Partner Organiser of the Year Award from Football Victoria for organising the game.
"The award acknowledges the dedication and hard work we put into the day and the respect it showed the Indigenous community," Pengelly said.
"It highlights how soccer can be a conduit between all entities throughout the Bendigo community."
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