IT isn't about what you know, but who you know.
Football Mid North Coast technical director Larry Budgen will spend time next week alongside Young Matildas coach Leah Blayney trying to learn as much as he can in a short period of time.
And he has Mid Coast representative stars Mia Bales and Hannah Jones to thank for the opportunity as they are members of the elite squads who Blayney will also run the rule over.
"Leah came up and did a session with some of our junior development girls last year and from that the two local girls invited me in to be assistant coach," Budgen recalled.
"It's huge for me to see players at that level and what they do. It's a big boost to see how a national team functions and organises for a match."
Budgen admitted it was a "big surprise" to be invited and he was looking forward to the opportunity.
"It will be good to see how a national squad works, what preparation they do, what they do beforehand, on matchday and post-match.
"We can than have information for both our girls and boys teams and be able to pass it on."
After the trip to Sydney on April 7, Budgen said the Young Matildas coach had confirmed she will return to the Mid-North Coast to cast her eye over some of the representative squads.
"Leah has said out of national time she will come up and have a look at our girls as well as work with the coaches which is great," he said.
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