Sydney FC’s first team squad have delighted young footballers in Canterbury by joining in a two hour Thursday night training session.
Sydney FC-s first team squad have delighted young footballers in Canterbury by joining in a two hour Thursday night training session.
The boys turned up at Earlwood Wanderers FC, Belmore Eagles FC, Hurlstone Park Wanderers FC and Russell Lea Women-s Soccer Club, signing autographs before getting involved in the individual age group sessions.
Iraqi International Ali Abbas was joined by teammates Nick Carle, Fabio Alves, Daniel Petkovski, Ivan Necevski and Adam Griffiths at Hurlstone Park Wanderers FC, and got into the thick of an 8-a-side game.
“I had a really good time with the boys. Hopefully they enjoyed the time they spent with me and we can do it again,” said Ali.
“They all have good skills and I think some of them will go on to play for Sydney FC in the future.”
“The atmosphere was very positive and exciting for the kids to meet five of the highest profile Sydney FC players," said Earlwood Wanderers organiser Theo Fotopoulos. "They attracted crowds of over 200 people seeking autographs.
“What was really appreciated was that the players didn-t just do the usual photo call but got involved in the sessions,” he continued.
“The kids were definitely spellbound and are still getting over the high. My daughter went to school with her Sydney FC scarf this morning.
“We-ve had emails from parents saying they-d love to see more of these community engagements and the feedback has been superb.
“It was like a theatre of dreams for the kids.”
Elsewhere Mitch Mallia, Seb Ryall, Vedran Janjetovic, Nathan Sherlock and Hagi Gligor visited the Belmore Eagles Football Club, while Rhyan Grant and Hiro Moriyasu were at Russell Lea Women-s Soccer Club.
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