On Wednesday 1 February, Western Sydney Wanderers FC recruit and Bankstown junior Terry Antonis visited players involved in the Aldi Miniroos Program from his two grassroots Clubs, Bankstown Sports Strikers and St Christopher’s Panania at Neville Reserve, Bass Hill.
Antonis gave a brief but inspiration talk to the young players telling them to “keep following your dreams and it will happen”. Much to the cheers of parents, Antonis then told them to “always listen to your parents, they do everything for you”.
Antonis went on to outline how he became involved in the world game and like everyone he had a role model which he was lucky enough to me.
“When I was 9 years old I won a competition in Australia and I got to meet David Beckham. It was amazing. He was my childhood hero”.
When questioned about his long-term plans Antonis made mentioned of his desire to play for the Socceroos having already donned the Green and Gold as a junior.
Antonis then put the youngsters through their paces with a variety of drills and even provided a masterclass of his own showing off his impressive skills which was met by large cheers by all present.
St Christopher’s Panania Club President, Stephen Michael was glad to have him as a former player and even more grateful for his recognition of this.
“It’s great to see a former Saints FC player develop into a professional footballer, playing for the Socceroos, overseas and now in the A-League for the Wanderers. It’s even better to see him come back to where it all began and giving something back to our youngsters. On behalf of the Club I would like to congratulate Terry and thank him for his efforts.”
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