Sydney FC have signed up former Socceroos and English Premier League star Hayden Foxe as Head Coach of the club’s football holiday clinics next week.
Sydney FC have signed up former Socceroos and English Premier League star Hayden Foxe as Head Coach of the club-s football holiday clinics next week.
The ex-Sky Blues centre half will lead the High Performance Clinic for the three day course starting on Monday.
“Hopefully we can find a few future Sydney FC stars,” he said. “That-s what the coaching staff is trying to find and develop.
“We want to spot talent earlier, nurse them and hopefully bring them through the youth system.”
Foxe played at the top level for the Socceroos and in the English Premier League with West Ham and Portsmouth, so brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to the clinic.
“If they-re playing already at a reasonable level they-ll know the basics of the game,” he continued.
“But we want to introduce good habits, taking the ball on the correct side, the right type of passing and knowledge of the game.
“If we can coach more detail, more off the ball work and the technical side of the game then it-s going to be a plus, but the main objective is that they learn something and enjoy it with a smile on their face.”
The 34 year old has also played at the highest level for clubs in Japan, Germany and Belgium, having started his career with two years in the world renown Ajax youth team.
His final stop was back home at Sydney FC where he won the 2010 A-League title.
“It-ll be fantastic [to come back], I-ve still got quite a close relationship with the club which is why I-ve taken on this role. Anything to do to be back in with Sydney FC is a plus for me.”
The first team squad will be on hand on Monday to offer advice to both the High Performance (11-15 age group) and the Grass Roots Junior Development Clinic (5-10 age group), alongside the club-s leading coaches Ian Crook and Zeljko “Spider” Kalac.
“I remember when I was doing courses when I was a young lad. If I saw anyone who-s been a professional at any level it was just a huge buzz,” said Foxe.
“The Sydney FC boys will be there which is going to be fantastic. They-re going to spend an hour or two interacting with the players.
“You-ve got to think the knowledge the boys who-ve played overseas who can give to these players, especially the 11-15 year olds where football is starting to get quite serious, can only be priceless for them.”
You can still sign up to Sydney FC-s football holiday clinics – the deadline is noon on Friday 13th January. Visit our website Community Programs for more details and watch Hayden-s interview to find out what he has in store.