Kids go for Glory

Perth Glory players have been busy out and about with appearances at local primary schools throughout the metropolitan area.

Perth Glory players have been busy out and about with appearances at local primary schools throughout the metropolitan area.

Some of the schools visited include West Leeming, St. Anthony-s School in Greenmount and Ranford Primary School as part of a competition run in conjunction with The West Australian Newspaper.

Each school won a coaching clinic run by Perth Glory players and got the opportunity to test their skills against some of club-s stars. As well as a 90 minute clinic the winner from each school received 25 double passes to a Perth Glory home match to experience all the action first hand.

St. Anthony-s was the first to enjoy a visit with Glory Community Officer and Youth Team player Hayden Doyle joined by Eugene Dadi for a fun day. The excited youngsters were taken through a number of different skills including small-sided games, a juggling station, where students were taught different techniques on how to juggle the ball, plus the chance to be a hero as both a striker and goalkeeper.

Ranford Primary School was next to get the Perth Glory royal treatment, with Scott Bulloch, Andrija Jukic, Aleks Vrteski and Wayne Srjoj showing off their talents to more than 100 students. Split into groups the kids had their chance to be coached by their favourite players. The afternoon ended with autograph signings and giveaways which were very well received.

Some ingenuity had to be shown when players were at West Leeming with the day running smoothly until the weather took a turn for the worst. While everyone was forced inside to stop them getting soaked from head to toe they still enjoyed the session with Jacob Burns, Tando Velaphi and Jamie Harnwell coming up with some great games to play.

The Glory stars challenged three of West Leeming-s budding soccer supporters in a juggling competition. The young guns took it up to their Glory opponents but in the end it was Perth skipper Jacob Burns that came out the clear winner, displaying his Socceroos skills by juggling the ball 48 consecutive times.