Something needs to change! After reading this article, I have never been more convinced of what we are doing at the AFA is the RIGHT THING!
I believe, what the AFA coaches provide players is the best on the coast if not Australia.
The AFA have a number of AFA Alumnus overseas currently living their dream like Nikoli, Blake and Brad. Then there is Lewis, who is at the Roar captaining the Under 20s squad - an impressive achievement, as he only joined the Roar this year.
... and Charlie, off to Scotland later this year to train with Celtic FC - what an amazing opportunity. Charlie was chosen out of over 100 talented footballers from Australia and New Zealand.
If the boys themselves decide that being a professional footballer is for them, then they are in the right place!
See you at Wembley...
Remember: If your dream does not scare you, it is not big enough!
The AFA was privileged to have ex-Socceroo Michael Thwaite join the coaching staff at last night's training session.
Michael took control of the Under 18 team for the session. Throughout the night Michael passed on valuable information to the players that he has learned from playing as a professional footballer.
Michael made 13 appearances for the Socceroos and from 2008 has played for Melbourne Victory, Gold Coast United, Perth Glory, Liaoning Whowin (China) and is now a Western Sydney Wanderer.
AFA's Head coach Gary Scott said "it was a great night for the players to receive first-hand knowledge from such an experienced player as Michael. He has been there, done that and still doing it which is a true testament to the professionalism of Michael. You can't get a better person to illustrate to the players what it takes and the sacrifices you have to make to be successful in this sport."
The players themselves were truly grateful for the advice Michael passed on to them and for taking time out of his schedule to be involved with the academy.
Michael, anytime you are on the Gold Coast, you are welcome to stop by.
We wish you every success for the upcoming season with the Wanderers.
Image: Jordan Bishop, Michael Thwaite, Garry Scott.
In recognition of a great man, we would like the Under 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 18 JPL/AFA teams attend and participate in the Guard of Honour at the ceremony for Bob Jeffrey this Saturday afternoon.
Players and coaches if you are not already attending, we ask that you are there by 4.00 pm dressed in your Nerang polo shirt, with black pants and shoes.
For more details: http://www.nerangsoccer.com/bob-jeffrey-honoured-field-ded…/