Reds and Cottee’s take football to kids

Two of Adelaide United stars headed out to Fairview Park Primary School as part of the Cottee’s Schools 5-a-Side football program.

Two of Adelaide United stars headed out to Fairview Park Primary School as part of the Cottee-s Schools 5-a-Side football program.

Dutch winger Andy Slory and midfielder Fabian Barbiero made a special visit to the school for the special nationwide football program that gives school kids the chance to participate in with a host of fun and enjoyable football drills.

Despite being confined to the school-s indoor gymnasium due to heavy rain, it did not stem the kids- enthusiasm and enjoyment as Slory and Barbiero conducted the clinic and took time after to sign autographs and have photos.

“It-s a great program to introduce kids to football and allow them to enjoy having a kick and being active,” Barbiero said.

“From the number of smiles on the kids- faces it-s pretty clear they enjoyed themselves.”

The Cottee-s Schools 5-a-Side football program, which has seen over 34,000 kids participate since 2009, provides school students from years three and four the opportunity to experience football in a fun, relaxed and non-competitive environment.

A school attending a Cottee's Schools 5-a-side play a minimum of five games in a round robin format. The simplified rules make the main focus of the day all about participation and enjoyment. This ensures that boys and girls of any ability are able to be included in teams and able to enjoy a day of football.

Just two months out from the start of the Reds- Hyundai A-League 2011/12 campaign, Slory and Barbiero were more than happy to help spread the fun football message and continue the build up the excitement ahead of the new season.

For more information about the Cottee-s Schools 5-a-Side football program, visit www.cottees.com.au/football.