Photos (Top to Bottom): Marcus Parschau, South Hobart's new fitness coach; Ken Morton and Marcus Parschau discuss the first session's activities; Parschau demonstrates an activity using a fit-ball; Parschau supervises a stretching exercise; Parschau consults his notes in the teeming rain; Parschau watches over his charges; The players work under Parschau's supervision; Ken Morton addresses the players; Out come the fit-balls [PlessPix]
Marcus Parschau, the new strength and conditioning coach at South Hobart, began his work with the club yesterday during the first pre-season training session.
Parschau, who comes from a town near Berlin, has been in Australia for almost three years.
He is employed at the Friends’ Health and Fitness Centre and agreed to work with South Hobart after being introduced to senior coach Ken Morton earlier this year by Gary Pennicott, who brings some of his primary school classes to swimming classes at Friends.
Parschau has a degree in sports science from Germany.
“It’s the equivalent to a bachelors degree in human movement here,” Parschau said.
“I worked for the institute of sport in my area [in Germany] and was looking after some athletes, and I was playing basketball for a while and managing a basketball club.
“At South Hobart, I hope I can do something to improve their fitness.
“I hope to be able to help to reduce the number of injuries, and I’ll be working on rehabilitation as well.
“We will be trying to avoid injuries and I’ll be preparing the players for next season so that we have the same success we had last season.”
Parschau watched South Hobart in last season’s finals series and he sees plenty of potential in the club.
He also sees great potential in the elite squad from the Morton Soccer School.
“It’s good that very young players are enjoying the sport,” Parschau said.