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Sporting excellence comes to Blacktown
POLISPORT International, in association with its Western Sydney junior football academy ASA Football (ASA), has held a July school holiday coaching clinic, featuring coaches from English Championship Club Stoke City FC.

The camp, kicked-off by Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali MP, was held for children aged from 6 to 16 early this month, at Lilys Football Centre at Seven Hills.

Polisport’s Technical Director Pat Polistina led the clinic, in conjunction with two coaches from Stoke City FC.

Also joining the coaches was Stoke City’s Official Ambassador for International Development Angela Smith, who was one of the world’s top-ranked international squash players before retiring and establishing a successful junior Academy in Shanghai.

“Our affiliation with Stoke City allows ASA access to their best junior coaches and a pathway to the English Championship,” said Polistina, a former Australian schoolboys’ representative, who had a long career as a player and a junior coach, in both Australia and overseas.

“Stoke is a Club with a strong commitment on youth development and talent ID which is a perfect fit for ASA’s local coaching curriculum and how we encourage our young players to adopt an open, attacking-style of play.

“We’re so pleased that two of Stoke’s top junior coaches and the Club’s Official Ambassador for International Development travelled out for our holiday camp, where they taught our boys and girls all about passing and ball control; attacking and shooting and defending and keeping possession. It was a great success."

Also in attendance at the Clinic was Mayor Bali’s talented 20-year-son Stephen, who has now moved to Europe where he is playing in Germany; Greater Blacktown Business Chamber Vice President Bob Turner and Richard Lenarduzzi, from leading PR firm Premier Communications Group, which promoted the event.


Michael Walls
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