BEAUDESERT Soccer Club players showcased their talent on their home turf when they received a visit from the Brisbane Roar.
More than 60 children, aged between 6 and 14, put on their soccer boots and jerseys on Monday afternoon to participate in a two-hour training session under the supervision of coaches from the A-League club at Selwyn Park.
Brisbane Roar community football program manager Andy Pinches said they were teaching the children the four facets of the game through “invisible learning”.
“They’re learning the skills and at the same time having fun and you can just see the smile on their faces,” he said.
“What we’re trying to get them to do is be creative in those one-on-one situations so that they’re comfortable and confident with the ball.
“So often now, kids can play and they can kick it but they can’t do that great skill of beating someone.”
Mr Pinches said he was very impressed by the talent he saw and praised the club’s coaches for teaching the players useful game techniques.
“The kids were very enthusiastic and they’re really engaged with what we’re doing,” he said.
Mr Pinches said it was important for the coaches to see players outside of main cities to see the ability of the players.
“The A-league is new in itself and it has signed people from abroad for to fill the teams,” he said.
“Our vision is that in 10 or 15 years time, we will have a healthy supply of Queenslanders in the Brisbane Roar team.”
Beaudesert Soccer Club committee member Rhys Brown said the event was a great way for the children to interact with the Brisbane Roar and to learn new techniques.
“It’s been really good, they’re learning new skills and playing games and prepare themselves for the start of the season,” he said.
Mr Brown said this was the first time in about six years the Beaudesert Soccer Club has had a visit from Brisbane Roar.
He said he was pleasantly surprised by the number of players who attended and was happy they enjoyed the afternoon.
“The players could bring a friend along so we didn’t know how many kids would turn up but it’s been good.”
To join the club, call Kym Neuendorff on 0409891281.