Keogh visit a hit with kids

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

One of WA soc­cer’s best play­ers flew into Kar­ratha late last month to treat the town’s chil­dren to a se­ries of soc­cer skills clin­ics dur­ing a two-day visit.

Perth Glory star striker Andy Keogh spent Thurs­day and Fri­day, June 22-23 in town, where he led coach­ing ses­sions for ju­nior de­vel­op­ment play­ers with the Nickol Bay Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion and lo­cal pri­mary school­child­ren.

Keogh said his visit was part of a Perth Glory push to do more com­mu­nity work in re­gional ar­eas, and he had been im­pressed with the level of young soc­cer tal­ent and en­thu­si­asm he had seen in Kar­ratha.

“I came up to do some school vis­its, a bit of coach­ing for the elite de­vel­op­ment re­gional teams . . . the un­der-13s, 15s and 17s, and school vis­its,” he said.

“All of it is try­ing to get Perth Glory a bit more on the map.”

“The kids have been great and re­sponded re­ally well and I think every­one seems to be hav­ing a great time.”

Keogh has been play­ing with the Glory since 2014 and is one of the team’s high­est goal scor­ers.

He pre­vi­ously played in the English Premier League and English Foot­ball League Cham­pi­onships, mainly with the Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers.

It may not be the last time Kar­ratha sees the Glory. Keogh said af­ter see­ing the Leisure­plex fa­cil­i­ties and speak­ing to lo­cals, there was a chance some more play­ers would be vis­it­ing.

“Hope­fully we can maybe come back up here in the com­ing months, the whole squad, and we can do more school vis­its,” he said.

“We’re going to maybe do a hotweather train­ing camp and use the great fa­cil­i­ties at the Leisure­plex that Kar­ratha has and then maybe just in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity and see what we can do.”

The trip was jointly funded by the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex and Rio Tinto.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Perth Glory star Andy Keogh with Mil­lars Well Pri­mary School stu­dents at a school skills clinic late last month.

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