Foot­balling flair brought to town

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­

FOOT­BALL: To be the best you have to learn from the best.

Thank­fully for Stan­thorpe’s up and com­ing foot­ballers, they’ve had a highly sought af­ter and re­spected ju­nior coach to learn from.

Toowoomba Gram­mar School’s Thi­ago Kosloski, for­merly of Botafogo Acad­emy in his home­land of Brazil, spent much of last week run­ning clinics for ju­niors.

With as­sis­tance from Franco Ar­cidi­a­cono, Neil New­man and An­thony Rametta, Thi­ago con­ducted four ses­sions.

It was his fourth time to town, and he’s been im­pressed by the pro­gres­sion of lo­cal play­ers.

“I think this year has been the best ses­sions I’ve ever had here,’’ Thi­ago said. “I teach the kids dif­fer­ent tech­niques to shoot­ing, to un­der­stand­ing the game, game sit­u­a­tions, dif­fer­ent con­cepts... but the most im­por­tant thing for this age is con­tact with the ball.

“I’m very happy to be part of this and I hope to come back again soon,” he said.

Hav­ing had play­ing and coach­ing stints that took him across his own coun­try and around the world, Thi­ago has seen the dif­fer­ent meth­ods used to de­velop young­sters.

He’s hop­ing to bring that wealth of knowl­edge to im­prove bud­ding play­ers here.

“I moved to Aus­tralia now with my fam­ily. Af­ter the first time when I went back to Brazil I said ‘I don’t know when and where, one day we’ll live there’.

“I love this coun­try, I love this life­style and when I fin­ished my de­gree and fin­ished my A Li­cence (coach­ing), Toowoomba Gram­mar in­vited me over again and I said ‘now is the time to go’.

“Play­ers here, they’re get­ting bet­ter. For ex­am­ple in Brazil, when you have a boy or girl the first gift you give is a ball. They start to play foot­ball very, very early.

“But be­ing here over the last six years I can feel a bit of dif­fer­ence, I can feel Aus­tralian kids are start­ing to play foot­ball very early too.

“I be­lieve in the near fu­ture we’ll start to see Aus­tralia get­ting very good re­sults.”

LEARN­ING YOUNG: Thi­ago Kosloski with ju­nior Stan­thorpe foot­ballers at one of the clinics he helped run over the school hol­i­days. PHOTO: Matthew Pur­cell

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