Spirit’s Jake Davis coaching Brennarn Hill on Tuesday
Spirit’s Jake Davis coaching Brennarn Hill on Tuesday Scottie Simmonds

Spirits high for youngsters

THERE was not a frown in sight when Bundaberg Spirit under-19s campaigners Luke Leggett, Tim Merrick and Daniel Smith met with 60 junior players yesterday.

The talented trio was part of a senior development squad who led 60 young soccer lovers through a series of coaching drills and manoeuvres.

Football Bundaberg development officer Richard Mitchell said organisers of the school holiday training clinic had put an emphasis on fun, but expected the children to come away as better footballers.

“There's been a lot of smiling, a good few jokes and a lot of laughter,” he said.

“We've been showing them a few things we think will help improve their game and we've tried to make sure they had a great time doing it,” he said.

Mitchell said the clinics would help juniors keep their skills up during the off-season and give their parents a breather during the school holidays.

“They're out in the fresh air, getting some exercise and having fun and their parents know they're in good hands,” he said.

Mitchell said the Spirit under 19s were well qualified for the coaching clinic, having already risen through the junior ranks of the competition. “These young guys are the next generation so I think the Spirit lads have enjoyed passing on what they know, passing on the baton so to speak.”

The clinic will continues today and tomorrow from 9am until 3pm.



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