Throughout the month of November, Adelaide United went to great lengths to improve our engagement with the local communities of South Australia.
- Our Adelaide United Football Schools continued to grow throughout November, closing in on 350 participants between the three locations in Adelaide’s north, central, and southern districts.
- Adelaide United first team players and coaches visited each venue throughout the month.
- The skills of the players have improved out of sight!
Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) Trials
- MIC trials began in November in two locations: Adelaide’s northern and central districts.
- We’ve had over 50 young, aspiring footballers trialling.
- AUFC Football Schools players have since joined trials as well.
- Five schools have been involved during the last school term in the Sport Schools four-week programme.
- These schools include Darlington Primary (320 children involved in football), Kidman Park (128 children involved in football), Golden Grove Lutheran (64 children involved in football), St Joseph’s Hectorville (64 children involved in football) Glen Osmond Primary School (32 children involved in football)
- This included a visit from the Australian Sports Commission.
Game Day Clubs
- For AUFC’s two home games during November, young footballers from Strathalbyn Strikers FC and One Tree Hill Soccer Club were fortunate enough to participate as team mascots.
- They were also part of the gam day ball crews and involved in the small-sided games at half time.
Newcastle Jets Football Schools Parade
- Before AUFC’s game against Newcastle Jets, approximately 300 kids were involved in a game day parade on Coopers Stadium.
- These young footballers were invited to the back pitch prior to the game where entertainment was provided in the form of Games2U and other activities.
- A video based on the Football Schools was produced and played for the crowd with pictures also shown.
- A six-year member of AUFC was invited to one of our first team training sessions and was lucky enough to get a picture with the entire squad and a signed poster
- Pandy was escorted around Adelaide United’s Training Centre in the City of Playford at Elizabeth where he was personally introduced to Head Coach, Guillermo Amor.
Madison Park Primary School
- Mate Dugandzic and Michael Marrone visited Madison Park Primary School and ran a football clinic for 50 lucky students.
- Two groups were made, Team Mate and Team Marrone, and games we played between the two groups, but it was Team Mate who came away with the win!
- Mate and Michael also sat down with the students and answered some questions, giving out stickers and signed posters.
Rose Park Primary School
- Mark Ochieng presented awards to the students of Rose Park who participated in any sport during the year.
- Mark was then involved in a Q & A with a teacher about his life and how he has got to where he is today.
- One lucky student was chosen at random to juggle with Mark and show him a couple of his skills.
- Mark was also involved in the Rose Park’s raffle, which every student involved in the awards night received a ticket for. Prizes included two double-passes to Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix.
Cowandilla Primary School
- Iacopo La Rocca, Eugene Galekovic, and Marcelo Carrusca sat down for a chat with 100 of the Cowandilla students before running a clinic for two lucky classes of students
- Three teams were made with each player captaining one side with the challenge of scoring as many goals as possible.
- The session finished with a crossbar challenge where the winner was given an AUFC supporter pack filled with cool prizes.