Local junior coach Corey McKenzie has been awarded a scholarship from the Adelaide Crows Football Club as part its Next Generation Academy.
The scholarship is designed to assist McKenzie in furthering his efforts to develop emerging footballers from the Port Augusta region.
A worthy recipient, McKenzie is currently a junior coach with the West Augusta Football Club as well as the assistant coach at the Crows’ Next Generation Academy Port Augusta Hub.
the Crows’ Next Generation Academy Port Augusta Hub is a program which develops talented youth in the region with a focus on those with an Indigenous or multicultural background.
A passionate Carlton supporter, McKenzie doesn’t mind donning the Crows colours when opportunities like this arise.
Not only will he receive invaluable mentoring from the Adelaide Football Club, but he will also be given a financial grant to extend his coaching education and accreditation.
McKenzie started off coaching like most, with a love for the game and a love for his kids.
“You’re just there helping out and then all of a sudden someone says ‘You want to have a go?’ and from there the passion grew,” he said.
“You want to see the kids be the best they can possibly be and if you see someone go on and go a bit further then it’s a great feeling to have a small part in their development.”
Inspired by many coaches growing up, McKenzie always looks back on what he learnt from his first league coach at South Augusta, Pat Hynes.
“He was very animated and very passionate and that flowed onto me as a person,” he said.
“When you play sport you get that bit of passion once you cross the white line and I get the same feeling now when I coach.”
McKenzie will be learning from the best at Adelaide Crows and hopes to bring back what he learns and put it into the kids at a local level.
With a chance to tail the development coaches through preseason he said he will be keeping his eye out for the little things that make a difference.
“Most players have some sort of talent but the challenge is finding out what makes them tick,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s all in the challenges you give your players, you challenge them to be the best they can.”