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Soccer star a hit

Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

Paul Wade with juniors Claudia Kennedy (left) and Reece Pitt (right) after their Sunday morning clinic. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Paul Wade with juniors Claudia Kennedy (left) and Reece Pitt (right) after their Sunday morning clinic. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Former Australian player and Captain Paul Wade hosted the city’s junior soccer stars for skills clinics all day Saturday and Sunday.

“I really do love getting out to the country to do these things,” said Wade.

“The kids are always so eager and they really listen to you, which certainly doesn’t always happen with the city kids.”

Wade put the juniors through their paces with practice drills and modified games, all suited to their age group and level of ability.

When it came to the subject of Broken Hill’s soccer talent Wade was cautious, yet optimistic about the level in town.

“A couple of the older lads from Saturday were very good but it’s always tough to judge against a lack of real competition,” he said.

“Overall though the standard is quite high considering Broken Hill’s remoteness and the best thing is that the kids are keen and eager to learn which will only help them get better.”

As well as the clinics, Wade was also the guest speaker for the Broken Hill Soccer Association’s Sportsman’s night held at the Musician’s Club on Saturday night. 

“Those nights are so enjoyable and I’m really privileged to be able to do that sort of stuff,” he said. 

Local player and one of the organisers of the night, Tom Kennedy said the night was full of laughs and Paul Wade is an entertaining speaker.

“Paul’s stories had the room laughing all evening,” Kennedy said.

“It was a terrific night and we thank Paul for coming out here.”

Yesterday headed out to the schools for some presentations followed by a couple more clinics and then today he’s on the road back to Sydney.

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