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Socceroos star announces expansion of Foxtel Tim Cahill Academy into schools

Tamsin Rose, August 9, 2017 5:51PM Herald Sun

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Tim Cahill cheers on kids at Ascot Vale Primary School. Picture: Mark Stewart media_cameraTim Cahill cheers on kids at Ascot Vale Primary School. Picture: Mark Stewart

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TIM Cahill is known for kicking goals on the field but now the Socceroos superstar is scoring big time for schoolkids.

The Aussie football veteran is expanding his national Foxtel Tim Cahill Academy into schools. He made the announcement at Ascot Vale Primary School in Melbourne’s west on Wednesday, while putting some lucky kids through their paces*.

The pilot*, rolled out first in Victoria, sees the free program made available to any school that wants a chance to learn from top soccer coaches with a class visit, no matter the students’ age, gender or ability.

Tim with kids at Ascot Vale Primary School. Picture: Mark Stewart media_cameraTim with kids at Ascot Vale Primary School. Picture: Mark Stewart

Cahill first teamed up with television network Foxtel in 2013 to launch the academy for aspiring footballers with a series of exclusive coaching clinics that have already reached more than 4000 boys and girls across Australia.

Cahill said he was most excited about taking the academy to the next level in schools so more kids could take part.

“For me, it is all about inspiring the next generation of Australian footballers and giving them the opportunity to experience the game with the best coaches in the business,” he said.

High fives for everyone! Picture: Mark Stewart media_cameraHigh fives for everyone! Picture: Mark Stewart

“It was something I didn’t have as a kid and I am lucky enough now to be 37-years-old and I can build these projects with kids and schools.”

Each coaching session includes movement and co-ordination drills designed to improve soccer skills, along with some friendly competition to improve teamwork and communication.

“It’s about bringing kids together from different skill levels and from that you can make sure everyone is integrated,” he said.

“It’s about incorporating everybody into the group and making sure that girls and boys have the equal opportunity to train and develop together.

“Not one kid is left out.”

Tim Cahill in Melbourne on Wednesday. Picture: Mark Stewart media_cameraTim Cahill in Melbourne on Wednesday. Picture: Mark Stewart

Ascot Vale Primary School year 4 student Isaac, 9, said it was “great and awesome” to play with Cahill.

“He was really fun and it was a great activity to do,” Isaac said.

“It really helped with my running and it’s going to help me a lot with kicking.”

Cahill shared with Kids News some of his top tips for improving your schoolyard game.

“You’ve got to be able to bounce a ball, catch a ball, kick a ball and to make sure you’re having fun,” he said.

“The biggest thing with backyard and schoolyard tips is you have to get your fundamental* skills together.”

For more information or to express your interest in the program coming to your school, visit the website: https://www.foxtel.com.au/timcahillacademy/index.html

GLOSSARY

through their paces: testing their skills
pilot: trial
fundamental: basic

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Actitivy 1. Soccer superstar

Outline between five and 10 positive things that Tim Cahill hopes to achieve by running the Foxtel Tim Cahill Academy program in schools.

Do you think this is a worthwhile program?
Why or why not?

Extension:

Register your interest in the academy by visiting the website in the article.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Digital Technologies

Activity 2. Fundamental Motor Skills

Tim Cahill states that “the biggest thing with backyard and schoolyard tips is you have to get your fundamental skills together.”

Work with a partner to complete the following set of fundamental motor skills exercises to begin refining your skills:

• Throw a tennis ball against a wall and catch 20 times

• Dribble a soccer ball up to a cone 10 metres away and back five times

• Kick a soccer ball through two cones 10 times

• Dribble a soccer ball around some cones five times

• Zigzag sprint through a set of cones changing directions at each cone 10 times

Extension:

Write a training plan for a week for a young person to improve their fitness and soccer skills.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Health and Physical Education, Personal and Social

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Kicking Goals?

Write a narrative recount about getting to play for Australia with Tim Cahill in the Soccer World Cup.

Describe the crowd and your team mates and how you move through the field with the ball.
Does anyone try to stop you?
How are you feeling?

Have fun with it. Because you are making it up, anything is possible.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP


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