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May 27, 2011   |  7:55PM AET

SEDA students get a taste of the big time

SEDA students get a taste of the big time

Participants of the SEDA Melbourne Victory Talented Player Program (TPP), had the privilege of attending a training session on Wednesday run by Melbourne Victory’s coaching staff Steve Mautone and former club captain and now assistant coach Kevin Muscat.

Participants of the SEDA Melbourne Victory Talented Player Program (TPP), had the privilege of attending a training session on Wednesday run by Melbourne Victory-s coaching staff Steve Mautone and former club captain and now assistant coach Kevin Muscat.

The session was held at Victory-s training facilities at Gosch-s Paddock and closely resembled the type of training Melbourne Victory were undertaking during the recent ACL campaign. Short, sharp, game related exercises were the key for the day, which left the students huffing and puffing by the session-s end. Billy Natsioulas, SEDA/Melbourne Victory TPP facilitator, said “The session was of high intensity and the players thoroughly enjoyed being able to play on such a wonderful surface and under the eye of such elite coaches. In turn, the coaches were very impressed with the quality of the football displayed.”

Marisa Sipcic, Girls- Captain of the TPP group, said “I feel very privileged to have had the chance to be part of a training session held by such experienced coaches and footballers such as Kevin Muscat and Steve Mautone. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in a well run session and overall I believe that everyone took something positive from the day.”

While Luke Burgess, Boys- Captain of the TPP group, had similar feelings about the session, “I think that it was a good experience getting to know how a professional football club runs a training session. It was also good to meet a player like Kevin Muscat who has a lot of experience in football. The day was really good and I really enjoyed it.”

The group was put through its paces under the eye of elite coaches Mautone and Muscat, who were impressed with the quality of football coming from the SEDA programs and encouraged the students to continue with their schooling and football training. SEDA assist in the delivery all of Melbourne Victory-s community programs including involvement in various MVFC activities throughout the year.

Check out the galleries to see the group in action or for information on SEDA-s Melbourne Victory programs click here.

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