News. United coaches hold skills sessions for local youngsters in Melbourne

23 May 24

Academy coaches from Newcastle United took part in a technical skills session for Australian youngsters during the Magpies' trip to Melbourne as part of the city's Global Football Week

Following United's penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Thursday morning saw coaches Mark Bertram and Jamie Williams share best practise, coaching methods and general skills with a group of 16-to-18-year-olds.

The players are regarded as some of the best talent in the region, and the Magpies coaches - plus the club's Chief Commercial Officer Peter Silverstone, who delivered a keynote speech, and ambassador Shola Ameobi - were joined by Victorian Premier, Jacinta Allen, and Australia's Minister of Tourism and Sport, Steve Dimopoulos, as well as Arsenal Women assistant manager Aaron D'Antino and A-League Women All Stars Rhianna Pollicina, Kayla Morrison and Alana Cerne.

After the session at Victorian State Football Centre, a coaching clinic for a group of 60 adult coaches - a mixture of those working in the grassroots and professional game - also took place.

In an historic double-header at the impressive Marvel Stadium in Melbourne's Docklands, Eddie Howe's side will face the A-League All Star Men on Friday before the inaugural A-League All Star Women's team hosts Arsenal Women.

Howe's team drew 1-1 with Tottenham in front of 78,419 football fans at the MCG on Wednesday, with Alexander Isak on target, before they triumphed 5-4 on penalties. Garang Kuol, Newcastle's teenage Australia international, was one of those to score from the spot.

United's trip Down Under is their first visit to Oceania since July 2014, when the Magpies won the Football United Tour in New Zealand with victories over Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

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