Luka Coda enjoyed the thrill of his young life demonstrating his soccer skills at a Soccajoeys exhibition at Sydney FC’s home match against Central Coast Mariners earlier this month.
Luka, 5, already has bags of ability and along with 13 other talented three to five-year-olds from across NSW was invited onto Allianz Stadium at half-time to show what the Soccajoeys program is about.
‘‘Luka’s a terrific young boy who loves his soccer,’’ said Stephen Krishna, who runs Wollongong Soccajoeys.
‘‘The program is very structured and gives boys and girls an early start to a soccer pathway.’’
Krishna won plenty of titles during a long career in the Illawarra Premier League and says the skills introduced through Soccajoeys can be transferred to other sports.
‘‘They’ll develop their co-ordination for tennis, cricket, netball – a host of sports,’’ he said.
Developed for three to five-year-olds, Soccajoeys operates at a host of NSW centres, including Sydney, Canberra, the Central Coast and Central West and Brisbane.
In the Illawarra and Southern Highlands about 200 children are registered with a program at Bulli, Kiama, Coniston, North Wollongong, Shellharbour, Mittagong and Picton.
A program runs for eight weeks. Register at soccajoeys.com.au