Top tips boost young tal­ent

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

He’s been in­volved in pro­fes­sional foot­ball teams at home and in Europe, but Auck­land City cap­tain Ivan Vicelich is get­ting back to the grass­roots of the game.

Since late last year Vicelich and City as­sis­tant coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx have been vis­it­ing Wes­ley Pri­mary School, teach­ing keen kids soc­cer skills.

The 32-year-old says he’s wanted to get in­volved in coach­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of young tal­ent since re­turn­ing from play­ing pro­fes­sional foot­ball in the Nether­lands last year to play for Auck­land City.

“It’s good for the club and the kids learn new skills and a bit of dis­ci­pline.”

“They have some fun and run around af­ter the ball.”

Vicelich says a cou­ple of the kids have even signed up with Auck­land City’s sis­ter club Cen­tral United for the up­com­ing win­ter sea­son.

Wes­ley Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Rae Parkin says the coach­ing ses­sions are in­valu­able for the chil­dren.

“The kids see them as role mod­els. The chil­dren love be­ing phys­i­cal and hav­ing things to do.”

“It gives op­por­tu­ni­ties to chil­dren who might not oth­er­wise have them.”

Ten-year-old James Wil­liams, who is one of the chil­dren in­volved in the coach­ing clin­ics, agrees it’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence so far.

“I like scor­ing goals, run­ning around and keep­ing fit,” he says.

Auck­land City spokesman Steve Vuk­sich says the San­dring­ham-based club ini­ti­ated the pro­gramme in an at­tempt to get more in­volved with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We want to spread the word of Auck­land City around the lo­cal area and at the same time find some good young tal­ent.”

Other schools set to join Auck­land City’s com­mu­nity coach­ing pro­gramme in­clude Bal­moral Pri­mary School, Kowhai In­ter­me­di­ate School and Monte Ce­celia School.

Cen­tral Auck­land schools in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the pro­gramme should con­tact Michael Mari­novich at mike.mari­novich@ xtra.co.nz or 0274-961-551.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

What a team: Auck­land City as­sis­tant coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx, front cen­tre, and cap­tain Ivan Vicelich, right, with chil­dren from Wes­ley Pri­mary School.

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