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Juniors flock to master class

Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Football Federation SA Coaching Development Officer Christiano passes on a tip to one lad who looked as if he thought it was easier said than done. Football Federation SA Coaching Development Officer Christiano passes on a tip to one lad who looked as if he thought it was easier said than done.

By Ethan James

More than 150 juniors packed the soccer fields yesterday afternoon for a coaching clinic conducted by former Adelaide United player Christiano.

The Brazilian-born striker, who is now the Regional Coaching Development Officer for Football Federation South Australia, took the youngsters through a number of drills across two sessions. 

He has visited Broken Hill several times before and travels to rural communities throughout the state as part of FFSA’s development program. 

“(In Broken Hill) they progress really well and behind that is always good coaches,” Christiano said. 

“I never thought I’d be doing this kind of work in the regional areas but every place I go to I see new and exciting talent.

“I know the kids in Broken Hill appreciate this a lot and whenever I am here they always ask me ‘when are you going to come back again?’

“It’s a bit cold for my liking, though.”

The groups were split into two main groups, Under 14s and those over 15.

Broken Hill Soccer Association Publicity Officer Emma Reeves said it was a rare opportunity for local players to learn new skills from someone with such a wealth of experience.

“We don’t really get much out here,” she said. 

“Because we have such a small competition it can be the same kids playing against the same kids, so to have someone come out here and teach them, it makes a difference.

“We’d like to thank Toyota and Justin Hoskins for sponsoring this and setting it all up... it’s been great for the kids and we appreciate their support,” Reeves said. 

Former Socceroo and Melbourne Heart assistant coach, Joe Mullen, who was initially the main drawcard, arrived late due to transport problems. 

Christiano said he was hoping to offer a coaching development course in Broken Hill later in the year.

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