England’s famous Liverpool Football Club (LFC), known as ‘The Reds’, is launching it first full-time Australian coaching program in Lismore.
The football/soccer scheme will kick off in August, and is aimed at players aged between five and 17 years.
The Reds will join with Southern Cross University to deliver player development programs to youngsters across New South Wales.
General manager of the Southern Cross Football Centre, Scott Collis, said the club was keen to make its mark down under.
“Liverpool are anxious to have something on the ground here and they’re very motivated for this to be authentic, for it to be not just a badge on a shirt,” Mr Collis said.
“This is a Liverpool program with a great deal of input and energy from the club in the UK, so that’s the really exciting piece.
“We’ll have the opportunity to run football camps and coaching clinics at out campus in Lismore and throughout the state.
“Liverpool are looking at sending out one of their academy coaches to assist and work with us for a year to develop the program and make sure everything we do is professional and authentic and reflects the values of the Liverpool Football Club.
“It’s not being set up as a scouting opportunity, it’s being set up to help development talent.
“I think it’s an endorsement of the [Southern Cross] football facility.
“If a club like this is willing to come and set up an operation here, we really must have something good on our hands.”
A statement released by the club quotes Reds’ legend and ambassador Ian Rush.
“We have a huge number of fans in Australia, so setting up a full-time coaching program in the country is a great opportunity for those youngsters to learn to play the Liverpool way through this partnership,” Mr Rush said.
“The enthusiasm and passion for LFC in the country is amazing, so I’m sure this initiative will be a huge success.
“On all the LFC International Academy projects around the world we aim to develop players both on and off the pitch and this will be no different.”
Source : ABC News