Soccer opens doors

September 26, 2017

Rahim Faqiri.

Melbourne City Football Club coach Wilson Poni.

Ali Fayyaz Naveed.

Razia Qasim.

Hayatullah Atgi, Sayad Mehdi Hakim and Leila Gholami.

Sohalia Hakimi and Amina Abdullahi.

Sohalia Hakimi and Amina Abdullahi.

Soccer balls flew when Melbourne City Football Club instructors made a special visit to students at the Shepparton English Language Centre on Friday.

The students enjoyed the chance to practice their soccer skills and spend some time outside at Shepparton’s Victory Park.

For Shepparton English Language Centre student Rebecca Awan, 17, the clinic was a great chance to practice her soccer skills.

Ms Awan migrated to Australia from South Sudan and is a keen soccer player.

While growing up, she played volleyball and soccer and plans to join a soccer team in Shepparton.

She said it was great to have a clinic focused on soccer because it gave her a chance to practice and learn from others skilled in the game.

Melbourne City Football Club head of community Sue Crow said the day was part of a community football festival which tied in with the club’s match against Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club on Friday night.

Ms Crow said they wanted to engage with many of the different communities in Shepparton and held clinics with Verney Rd school and Rumbalara Football Netball Club.

‘‘I think football can have such an impact on community, particularly groups that come from countries that love their football and it can play a huge role in helping them integrate into our community,’’ she said.

During the clinic with the Shepparton English Language Centre, students learned from different coaches eager to show them some skills.

Shepparton English Language Centre teacher and sports co-ordinator Kerry Frizzell said they were thankful to the Shepparton Ethnic Council and Greater Shepparton City Council for organising the event.

‘‘It’s great for our kids and they’re really good role models for our kids to see what they can aspire to,’’ she said.

‘‘All our students are only in their first year of living in Australia so it shows them what they can aim towards.’’

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