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Soccer great hosts clinic

Monday, 18th July, 2016

Former Italian professional Diego Pellegrini with local juniors Tasman Guest (left) and Blake Patterson. Tasman and Blake were awarded AC Milan Scholarships after the week-long clinic hosted by Pellegrini. Former Italian professional Diego Pellegrini with local juniors Tasman Guest (left) and Blake Patterson. Tasman and Blake were awarded AC Milan Scholarships after the week-long clinic hosted by Pellegrini.

By Tyler Hannigan

St Joe’s FC, in conjunction with Adelaide’s Eastern United, ran a week-long soccer clinic for Broken Hill’s juniors hosted by former Italian professional Diego Pellegrini.

While St Joe’s organised the clinic, juniors from any of the local clubs were welcome to attend and all sessions were well supported. 

Diego Pellegrini, who is Eastern United’s technical director, said that while this was his first trip to country Australia for a clinic, he hopes it leads to many more.

“I’ve had a fantastic time and the days have gone so quick,” said Pellegrini on Friday.

“I didn’t expect the enthusiasm but the kids are well educated and so eager to learn.”

Pellegrini’s academy is affiliated with AC Milan’s Sydney academy and aims to provide a pathway for Australian juniors to make a career in the world game.

“We want to pass on our knowledge to the next generation and provide them with opportunities to further their football,” he said.

“We only started the academy back in May 2015 but we’ve already had a host of juniors go overseas to play for clubs in Europe.”

Two of Broken Hill’s talented juniors will get their chance overseas. Blake Patterson and Tasman Guest have been chosen to receive an AC Milan Scholarship. 

“There is definitely some good talent here in town but they will need to work hard to take that next step,” said Pellegrini.

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