After going head-to-head against the other nine A-League clubs, we’re proud to welcome 10-year-old Yoshi as the newest member of the City Family.
The A-League and its 10 clubs started the season with a bid to attract more young fans to the game after research revealed that more than half of kids aged 15 years and under were yet to make a solid commitment to support a team. Because ultimately You’ve Gotta Have A Team.
Whilst all the clubs put on a great show, it was Melbourne City who ticked all the boxes and earned Yoshi’s lifelong support.
However, above and beyond the great family atmosphere he witnessed, four brilliant goals in the Melbourne Derby win and the bicycle kick tutorial he got from Bruno Fornaroli, it was the club’swelcoming and supportive attitude that sealed the deal.
“Making the final decision was a lot harder than I had ever imagined. I had such a fantastic time with each of the clubs,” Yoshi said.
“However, I knew Melbourne City was a club I wanted to support when, at the end of the day’s filming, Tim Cahill told me that whatever club I picked I’d be welcome back to see them anytime as their guest.
“The fact that they would be supportive of me, whatever choice I made, I thought was really cool. It was this clubs spirit and attitude that really appealed to me the most.”
When deciding which A-League team to support, Yoshi based his choice on four factors that were most important to him:
1. Family: Are the clubs welcoming to a family crowd and inclusive for all ages? Being a 10 year old himself he is seeking a club that encourages the younger fans?
2. Team: Do the clubs have strong, friendly players with personality that Yoshi could relate to and admire?
3. Performance/Play: Do the team perform well together, make chances and deliver an exciting experience. Whilst Yoshi knows that with his decision he is in for the long haul and some seasons his chosen club will perform better than others, he wants a dynamic club that push themselves to create opportunities on the pitch.
4. Fans: Do the clubs have a proud fan base, will Yoshi be in good company?
The Club would like to welcome Yoshi on board and hope you follow him on our journey this season as a Melbourne City member. Click here to join the City Family for the 2016/17 season!