Wollongong Wolves star Luke Wilkshire has been coached by some of the best managers in the world during his illustrious international career to date.
And having just recently completed his FFA C Licence coaching qualification, the former Socceroo is well-placed to teach young kids the fundamentals of the round-ball game.
That’s exactly what he plans to do when he leads The Illawarra Mercury, Luke Wilkshire School Holiday Clinic.
“This clinic is about enjoyment and fun for the kids,” Wilkshire said.
The well-travelled footballer has played under world-class managers during a 20-year club career which has included stints in England, Holland and Russia.
But while the Albion Park junior has seen former Australian team-mates Tony Popovic, Harry Kewell and John Aloisi enjoy senior team coaching success, Wilkshire doesn’t plan on following their lead.
“I plan to coach a small number of elite children and give them that little bit extra to develop. I don’t wish to be a head A-League coach or have aspirations of that kind. It’s more exciting to work with some young talent of the area and to help their football development.”
Wilkshire will do that with the help of Wollongong Wolves’ coaching staff and players such as Japanese international Yuzo Tashiro.
Boys and girls aged six to 16 attending the clinics will take part in skills, drills, sessions and games.
The clinics run from 9.30am to 12.30pm over four successive days from Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12. The four days cost $180, with an extra $30 for a Wolves shirt.
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