- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 24 November 2012
Photo: The picturesque Goodwood primary School grounds, where many years ago, a local world cup tournament for local senior teams was played [PlessPix]
A five-a-side tournament at Goodwood Primary School on Friday rounded off a series of clinics run over several weeks by Glenorchy Knights in five Northern Suburbs primary schools.
Knights players Jayden Hey, Tom Sherman and Will Roberts, together with youth coach Les Richardson, were assisted by teachers Gary Pennicott, Hugo Luttmer and Tuach Hussein, as well as by Football Federation Tasmania’s southern development officer, Anthony Alexander, in Friday’s tournament.
Photo (L-R): Gary Pennicott, Lilly, Will Roberts, Tom Sherman, Les Richardson, Jayden Hey, Hugo Luttmer and Anthony Alexander at Friday's activities at Goodwood Primary School [PlessPix]
Goodwood, Glenorchy, Rosetta, Moonah and Bowen Road were the primary schools involved in the program.
Hussein is a teacher at Rosetta, Pennicott at Glenorchy, and Luttmer at Goodwood.
"There are three primary schools involved in this 5-a-side tournament today to finish off the coaching work with Glenorchy Knights,” said Alexander.
“It involves grades five and six, boys and girls, but Moonah and Bowen Road couldn’t make it today.”
Pennicott, who teaches physical education at Glenorchy Primary School and who played State League football with George Town United, said: “We’re trying to make inroads into local clubs as a school and it doesn’t matter what sport it is.
“We’re trying to get our grade sixes involved in some sort of sport and this is one of the programs that we’ve got, with soccer.
“We’re trying to use the local club, Glenorchy Knights, to be a pathway into sport for them later on in life.
“It’s been going really well.
“We’ve got Glenorchy Knights coming in and we’ve got Canterbury, the hockey people, coming in as well, coming in with us and, yes, our grand plan is to have all our children, by grade six, involved in some sort of outside sport.”
Luttmer, who teaches at Goodwood Primary School and plays with Taroona, said: “It’s been good having Anthony Alexander involved.
“He’s been with us six or eight times this year and it’s good having the Glenorchy Knights boys here as well.
“It’s the second time they’ve been out to us.
“The kids love it, absolutely love it.
“Today we’ve only got 18, but altogether we’ve had probably 50 of our kids doing the clinics.”
Hussein, a teacher at Rosetta primary School, is a former notable midfielder-cum-striker with Glenorchy Knights.