Manly Allambie United FC

Manly Allambie United FC are Sydney FC’s Local Club of the Week and have won a $500 grant from St. George Bank after being entered into the competition by club Vice-President of the Juniors, Frank Fiorenza, who highlighted the club’s community spirit and devotion to player development.

Manly Allambie United FC are Sydney FC-s Local Club of the Week and have won a $500 grant from St. George Bank after being entered into the competition by club Vice-President of the Juniors, Frank Fiorenza, who highlighted the club-s community spirit and devotion to player development.

Playing in the Manly Warringah Football Association, Manly Allambie United are a club who have placed community spirit at the fore of everything they do, as evidenced by the talent pool the club draws its junior players from.

“Manly Allambie United FC is a club that is local in the true sense of the word,” Fiorenza said.

“Drawing 98% of their junior players from just two local schools shows the community spirit that is ever present in this family club.

“Not only that but 13 of the 23 junior teams are proudly sponsored by local businesses and self-employed club supporters and amazingly, two of the junior teams are sponsored by people who do not have a child playing at the club but wish to support their local community club.”

Manly Allambie United FC are also dedicated to nurturing their players- development and this commitment is displayed through Manly Allambie-s continued funding of additional skills sessions for all players up to youth level.

The sessions are offered over an eight week period and are free to all registered players at the club.

“We find that our players and parents love these sessions each year,” Fiorenza said.

“As a coach I can see a player-s skill level improve markedly whilst the additional skills sessions are on. I think that young players are like sponges when learning new skills and tricks and the enthusiasm is wonderful to see.

“Hopefully this is a stepping stone to playing at a higher level be that local Premier League, State League or Sydney FC and Socceroos.”

Fiorenza was delighted to have won the grant is hoping to put the money towards expanding the goalkeeper training courses and purchase some new gear for the participating goalies.

“It-s fantastic, I probably never expected it to happen,” said Fiorenza.

“It-s going to be great for the club they-re going to be really happy. The $500 grant from St George and Sydney FC will hopefully see the club invest that money towards specialised goal keeper training for junior and youths and updating some goalkeeper equipment like new shirts and gloves.

“I just want to say thank you to Sydney FC and St. George Bank.”

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