Hosted by the Northern Territory (NT) Loyal, the first event was held in Darwin for the fourth year in succession, and it featured a special guest appearance from former ‘Gers striker Marco Negri.
Over 40 kids attended the Soccer School to work with the both the Rangers coaches and Negri before around 100 aboriginal kids were given the chance to learn some new skills.
Greg Statt, Rangers Overseas Development Officer said: “The guys at the NT Loyal and Andrew Power in particular have been fantastic to work with over the years and this year also saw our coaches head to the Tiwi islands to work with the aboriginal communities, and I think I am right in saying that we are the first football club in the world to do that.
“Andrew and the guys at the NT loyal were keen to give something back to the local community and sadly a lot of these kids on the islands don’t even have shoes never mind boots but they loved taking part in football and we were delighted to provide this opportunity for them”
Robin Gibson, Rangers coach added: “We had a great week in Darwin followed by a really humbling experience on the Tiwi Islands. Seeing how much the kids enjoyed their football was great to see and it’s a coaching experience I will never forget”.
Statt would like to say a massive than you to Enermech, Australia who made everything possible through their generous sponsorship.
Rangers Soccer Schools then returned to Sydney last week to work with Paul Fraser and his Football Skills Development Australia (FSDA) players.
This is the second camp the club has run that has been hosted by Paul and the FSDA, and this year saw the camp grow to over 80 players and also included was an elite goalkeeping group.
Statt added:”Last year we worked with Paul and his players and the standard was exceptional, so much so, we had five of the young players come to Murray Park and train with our youth squads.
“This year was no different and we look forward to welcoming more talented players to Glasgow later in the year”
Melissa Northey, mum to Zac,9, and Angus, 7, was delighted with what the Soccer School had to offer.
She said: “What a Fabulous Week of football my two sons have had. We are not new to Football holiday clinics having participated in many through various academies over the years, however, without any hesitation, I can confidently say that this clinic has been far superior to any other we have been to.
“The intensity and attention given to each child to improve on their technique is something we have never experienced at any other holiday programme.
“As a parent of two boys extremely passionate about football, I am so grateful that they had the opportunity to receive first class coaching from Rangers.”