Wilcannia kids join Celtic
Thursday, 11th April, 2019
By Callum Marshall
Some young soccer players in Wilcannia are set to join the local competition after the Celtic United club offered them an spot in their Under 12s.
David Deacon, President of the club, was impressed with the kids’ skills during recent training clinics run by former Socceroo Gerry Gomez.
“During that clinic, there were a number of kids identified as having some talent but with nowhere to go,” he said.
“I approached a number of parents and said that the kids need an opportunity, that there’s some really talented players and they should come up and play a game with us in town.
“But the main issue around that was going to be the transport.
“However, Janelle King from Wilcannia, who’s involved with the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy, managed to secure transport and a little bit of funding for the kids to come in.
“And they came up on the bus with nine under 12s players, joined in with the Celtic under 12s and had a great game.
“The cheers were good, we scored a couple of goals, the enthusiasm was great and it was amazing to see how the local under 12s accepted the kids from Wilcannia.
“They were all talking, asking their names and playing well together well before half-time.”
He said the Wilcannia kids would be playing for the club for the season.
“It looks like they’ll be coming in for the whole year and playing for Celtic on a weekly basis,” said Mr Deacon.
“It’s the first time, I think, that a group collective have come in to play for the club on a regular basis.
“They’ll be playing the 1pm game every Saturday and we’re over the moon.
“We’re hoping to keep that going and it gives the kids in Wilcannia an avenue to come out.
“Obviously the river’s dried up and rugby league’s not looking great, so we’re providing an opportunity for them to have some recreation on the weekend as well.”