Ex­pert train­ing for ju­niors

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOTBALL

WHIT­SUN­DAY Football Club ju­nior play­ers Alex Grossi and Louie Archer re­ceived some ex­pert train­ing when the AC Mi­lan Soc­cer School stopped off in Mackay last week.

Coaches from the pres­ti­gious AC Mi­lan Soc­cer School vis­ited Mackay last week to hold a three-day coach­ing clinic at Lions Park.

AC Mi­lan has a long and sto­ried his­tory as one of the great­est clubs in Euro­pean football and the ju­nior play­ers learnt a num­ber of new skills thanks to the ex­pert coach­ing from three for­mer Mi­lan play­ers.

The Syd­ney-based soc­cer school tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and for­mer AC Mi­lan player, An­drea Icardi, along with other for­mer play­ers, Sal­va­tore Gi­unta and Ste­fano Sal­va­tori, were teach­ing about 110 ju­niors skills that were more than just a few ball tricks.

“More or less, we’re try­ing to do all the mo­tor skills with the ball and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the body and the ball,” Icardi said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant they know their skills and have fun and en­joy it at the same time.”

The acad­emy coaches reg­u­larly travel around Aus­tralia to try and un­cover play­ers with po­ten­tial to rep­re­sent the pres­ti­gious Ital­ian club.

FOOTBALL LE­GEND: Alex Grossi and AC Mi­lan Soc­cer School coach An­drea Icardi at the re­cent camp held in Mackay.

ITAL­IAN SKILLS: Louie Archer from Cannonvale par­tic­i­pated in the re­cent football camps held by Ital­ian football heavy­weights AC Mi­lan in Mackay.

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