Westpac Community Football Festival Diary – Day Two

Melbourne Heart FC players tried their hand at coaching as schools from all over Geelong convened at Kardinia International College for day two of Westpac’s Community Football Festival.

Melbourne Heart FC players tried their hand at coaching as schools from all over Geelong convened at Kardinia International College for day two of Westpac-s Community Football Festival.

Eight teams participated in a round robin tournament, with a host of Heart players making special guest appearances as coaches to help guide sides through the competition, providing tactical insights to help lift their game to the next level.

Among the players taking part included Qantas Young Socceroos Jason Hoffman, Kliment Taseski and Eli Babalj, as well as former Dutch youth international Rutger Worm, who displayed his phenomenal freestyle skills for the awaiting youngsters.

At the Geelong Waterfront, Head Coach John van ‘t Schip and former Ajax striker Gerald Sibon held a training session for The Big Issue-s local Street Soccer team.

The duo guided the team through a series of drills before overseeing a training game, dispensing with valuable advice from the sidelines.

Westpac-s ‘Coach the Coach- conference rounded off the day-s activities, with over 70 local coaches attending the seminar, which was delivered by Heart-s coaching panel of van ‘t Schip and Assistants, Jesper Olsen and Ante Milicic.

General Manager of Community Sue Crow said: “The Club has been delighted by the amazing support displayed by the Geelong public over the last couple of days.

“Events such as Westpac-s ‘Coach the Coach- seminar have provided us with a phenomenal opportunity to meaningfully give back to the local football community and allowed the Club to make a real impact.”