Clinic spurs soc­cer drive

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

BALL magic had North Bur­nett young­sters en­thused af­ter last week’s ju­nior soc­cer clinic in Gayn­dah, and left older play­ers thirst­ing for com­pe­ti­tion.

Goal­s4Kids, spon­sored by IGA and Hyundai, brings the na­tional soc­cer cur­ricu­lum to clubs and schools around Queens­land.

Coach Bill Mitchell said for the five to nine-year-olds at­tend­ing the clinic, the aim was to “fos­ter love of the game, to try to let them en­joy it”.

Will Roth said he loved the blow-up fields, and his en­thu­si­as­tic sis­ter Lizzie said: “It was fun, be­cause we get to play soc­cer”.

The next age bracket, nine to 13-year-olds, would learn “first touch” con­trol of the ball, which in­cluded run­ning with the ball and drib­bling, strik­ing the ball, and the one-on-one skills of at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing, Mr Mitchell said.

Foot­ball Queens­land also pro­vided coach­ing cour­ses based on age groups, with train­ing for coaches in Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah planned, he said.

Level 1 coach Cyrelle Mitchell trained as a coach three years ago, at age 14, and was keen to share her love of the game with younger play­ers

Cyrelle and younger sis­ters Kirra and Erin started soc­cer about nine years ago, and had gone on to play in Wide Bay soc­cer teams and at state car­ni­vals.

“When we were lit­tle we were asked to choose be­tween net­ball and soc­cer,” Cyrelle said.

“Net­ball had too many rules for me when I was lit­tle and soc­cer seemed more fun.”

She said she wished there was an older-age com­pe­ti­tion in the area.

Kirra said: “We don’t train much any­more”.

“We used to train on Thurs­day nights in Mary­bor­ough, but I’ll be a Bundy rep in July and Au­gust.”

They said they en­joyed the re­cent so­cial games be­tween Gayn­dah and vis­it­ing fruit pick­ers.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

SPORTY SIS­TERS: Level 1 soc­cer coach Cyrelle Mitchell, 17, and sis­ter Kirra, 15, en­joy a deep love of soc­cer.

An­gus Parr en­joys the ju­nior soc­cer clinic at Gayn­dah.

Rhythm An­beek watches as Kirsty Tay­lor kicks the ball with Matt Roth's sup­port.

Bre­anna Terms, and Jayden and Nate Pash­ley.

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