Mary's Inspirational Day With Sydney FC

Friday 26th April will live long in the memory for Mary Floody. The seven year old attended the first Sydney FC adidas school holiday clinic for girls and was blown away by the experience.

Friday 26th April will live long in the memory for Mary Floody. The seven year old attended the first Sydney FC adidas school holiday clinic for girls and was blown away.

“She can't stop talking about how great of an experience it was," said her father Tony.

"Her eyes light up every time she talks about meeting “real girl players”.”

“I-d like to thanks the coaches for making it a truly inspirational experience. We will definitely be back again,” he added.

“It was fun and it was my first time doing it with all girls,” said Mary. “We practised dribbling in and out of cones and I did skills to get past the keeper - step-overs and rolls.

“I loved meeting the big girls too. It was cool and I would love to go back next time.”

The Kenthurst and District Soccer Club under 8 was one of 40 girls who enrolled on the course and was also picked out as one to watch by Sydney FC-s Westfield W-League Championship winning squad, who were coaching the players.

“We did a warm up drill cutting through some small cones and the way Mary was cutting the ball back and forth made three of us look at each other in amazement,” said W-League captain Danielle Brogan.

“For a seven year old to have that ability I-ve never seen it before. You can see the enthusiasm in her.

“She was running up front to score goals and putting in slide tackles to stop the other team from scoring at the other end. She even had a turn in goals.

“If she keeps it up she will do really well and possibly make a career out of it.”

Brogan along with Leena Khamis, Nicola Bolger, Sham Khamis and Brittany Whitfield took all of the training sessions with the girls aged between 6 and 15.

“It was a really hot day and all of the players did so well,” added Brogan. “They were so enthusiastic, we-d tell them to go and get a drink and straight away they-d be back for more.”

“It was a very good day.”

Due to the success of the course Sydney FC plan to put on more all-girls courses at future clinics, to the delight of Mary-s father Tony.

“I-d just like to thank the club for having the foresight and understanding that our daughters enjoy the game of football as much as their brothers do,” he said.

“My daughter is playing in her third season and enjoyed herself beyond words.”

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