Could Goondiwindi, or Inglewood, or Texas, or Talwood produce a Socceroo? Absolutely, according to those who know.
Salvo Sottile is the Technical Director of the NPL South-west Queensland Thunder Football Club.
And on Friday and Saturday he brought out some “world class” coaches and ex-players to boost the region’s prospects of producing world class players.
Salvo believes strongly that the raw talent is here, and throughout Australia.
“Soccer is the fastest growing junior sport in Australia (by registrations) ”,” Salvo said. “And the talent, Oh my God...”
Soccer is the fastest growing junior sport in Australia...And the talent, Oh my God...Salvo Sottile
But it’s the standard of training and coaching which has to be raised.
So it was no surprise to see Salvo come to Goondiwindi, not just with world-class coaches, but world-class coaching “toys”. Such as a drone to get a bird’s eye perspective of what’s going on while coaches Francesco Zanoncelli, Francesco Pellegrini and Alex Gonano put the boys and girls through their paces.
Zanoncelli is a former AC Milan layer and is the head coach for the AC Milan Soccer Academy in Australia.
And there were some old school apparatus, such as hoolahoops used to test agility (They were rolled along and players had to dive through them) and eye-hand co-ordination – soccer balls were thrown into the air and the challenge was to follow the ball to the ground with hoop and have the ball rest inside it. We know a few cricket players who could benefit from that exercise.
The young soccer fans came from Goondiwindi Texas, Inglewood out to Talwood.
Goondiwindi Soccer Club President Garry Jeffries said he hoped the clinic would be the first of many more, and that the club was looking at funding options to make it cheaper. He also hoped to take the clinics on the road.