Soccer stars set for coaching

Players limber up in Rockhampton during a clinic run by Total Football Academy.
Players limber up in Rockhampton during a clinic run by Total Football Academy.

THEY have been to Rockhampton, they have been to Mackay, they have even been to Middlemount and now they are coming to Emerald.

Total Football Academy is packing the soccer kit as they prepare to head west for a four-day junior coaching clinic this month designed to encourage and promote the junior stars of the future.

“We want to give the country kids the same sort of exposure the city kids get,” event co-ordinator Blair Brice said.

“Just because they don’t live in a big city doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able get some top-class instruction.”

The coaching sessions are run using the inflatable barrier, which means more practice for the kids, and less time chasing the ball down the paddock.

Brice said it also fosters the student’s ball control skills in a confined environment.

Players will develop their proficiency in technical drills and skills from coaches who are all ex-players.

“We’ve got the likes of Andy Robinson and Trevor Wood running around with the clinics, all with some good talent and experience,” Brice said.

Participants will each receive a player’s pack including a shirt and socks as part of the $240 registration fee and is open to all keen players aged between six and 16-years-old.

Despite a revival in the lines at the Emerald Football Club, with the joining of forces between the senior and junior clubs, Brice was forced to concede the game was not quite at the standards seen in yesteryear.

“The standard is nothing like it was 15 years ago, but then you have got to account for other factors as well.

“There are more opportunities for the kids to get into.”

He added there was always hope for any young star no matter their age or ability, as long as they had the drive to succeed.

“Just look at Harry Kewell. He never made a New South Wales starting team until he was 15 or 16 years old.”

The Total Football Academy will hold its training session from Monday, April 18, to Thursday, April 21, at the Morton Park soccer fields.

Day sessions can also be arranged by contacting Brice on 0400 033 989.

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