The Kingaroy Junior Soccer Club trained with Brisbane Roar coaches.
The Kingaroy Junior Soccer Club trained with Brisbane Roar coaches. Contributed

Junior soccer gets off to roaring start

SOCCER: Young soccer players in Kingaroy were given a boost in training before the start of the season next month.

Five coaches from the Brisbane Roar travelled to Kingaroy for a clinic with the Kingaroy Junior Soccer Club last weekend on March 4-5.

The club's youth development officer, Peter Maher, said about 50 children attended the clinic.

"The kids were between the ages of six and 12,” Maher said.

"The Roar concentrated on teaching the kids about playing fun soccer, how to develop their first ball and it was just taking it to another level.”

Maher said they had to hold the training across two days because of the demand.

"It was a two-day course because there were so many kids who wanted to do it,” he said.

"Usually they'd only do a one-day clinic but, because we can get so many kids, they made a weekend of it.

"They did just a special girls' course as well, which was great.”

Maher said it was also about showing coaches different ways of coaching.

"It had a different flavour to it,” he said.

"It showed us how to coach them when they get back into the season.

"It was great for the coaches too.”

Maher said the hoped to get the coaches back next year.

"We'd like to do it every year,” he said.

The junior soccer season kicks off on Saturday, April 22.

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