New cen­tre for all ages


Stirling Times - - SPORT - Kristie Lim

TWO soc­cer play­ers and house­mates drew in­spi­ra­tion from their pas­sion for youth sport to open an in­door foot­ball cen­tre in Os­borne Park for ju­nior and so­cial play­ers.

Co-own­ers Reece Vit­tiglia, of Sor­rento Foot­ball Club, and Floreat Foot­ball Club’s Dean Evans launched The Foot­ball Cen­tre (TFC) on Septem­ber 23, which of­fers ju­nior sport clin­ics, in­di­vid­ual train­ing for all ages and so­cial soc­cer tour­na­ments.

The cen­tre has the same syn­thetic foot­ball pitch that is used by Chelsea Foot­ball Club’s academy.

Vit­tiglia said the cen­tre aimed to fa­cil­i­tate the Perth foot­ball com­mu­nity.

“It has been an idea that has been in the back of our heads for a long time and it started with in­di­vid­ual foot­ballers at a much smaller ca­pac­ity,” he said.

“We don’t want to tailor it to just youth coach­ing; we of­fer pro­grams for kids as young as two years old all the way up to pro­fes­sional foot­ballers who want to work in an in­di­vid­ual en­vi­ron­ment.

“Not only that, we host so­cial five-ver­sus-five games, which seem to be re­ally pop­u­lar so far.”

Evans said he wanted to pro­vide in­flu­en­tial coach­ing to play­ers as young as two.

“We want to spend big on it to max­imise ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially be­ing foot­ballers our­selves,” he said. “We want boys to be able to wear their boots so it is more re­al­is­tic to when play­ing out­doors.

“The program is more your fun­da­men­tal move­ments, get­ting kids ac­tive and so­cial­is­ing with their par­ents.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.the­foot­ball­cen­ au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d474487

Reece Vit­tiglia and Dean Evans at The Foot­ball Cen­tre in Os­borne Park.

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