Shepparton was graced with footballing royalty on Sunday when former Socceroos star Harry Kewell visited to conduct his annual academy.
For the second year running, Kewell, along with his two other academy coaches, ran a 90-minute session at McEwen Reserve for the region’s budding stars.
The fun-filled day did not stop there with the Goulburn Valley Suns also hosting ‘‘An Evening With Harry Kewell’’, and event organiser Jacqui Stojanovski was delighted with how everything panned out.
‘‘We got plenty of feedback from the kids, parents and those that attended the evening and everything was really positive,’’ Stojanovski said.
‘‘Kids came from far and wide to participate at the clinic on Sunday. Some were even there for the second time, which goes to show how much value Harry gives.’’
The former Leeds, Liverpool and Galatasaray winger put 30 talented junior soccer stars through their paces in a vigorous training session, with skill, passing and movement three fundamentals of the sport Kewell heavily believes in.
Stojanovski, who was also master of ceremonies for the dinner, led a candid interview alongside Shaban Mehmet where Kewell, 38, opened up about football, life and difficulties he had to endure to make it at the top.
‘‘He was very open and that is what I reckon people liked most,’’ Stojanovski said.
‘‘Whether it was during the clinic or at the dinner, he told it as it was and I think people were surprised, but really liked it from what I have heard.’’
Kewell, who flies out to England on Saturday, brought the clinic forward one week after it was announced he would take his first senior managerial role at League Two club Crawley Town.
‘‘He is passionate about his clinics,’’ Stojanovski said.
‘‘He could have easily cancelled it, but he came down and wanted to share his knowledge, which we greatly appreciate.’’