Clinic spurs soccer drive
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.
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.