Socceroos star Kewell coming to Hervey Bay
YOU thought Kmart coming to Hervey Bay was big, well how Kewell is this?
Football fans should get their pens and cameras ready with Harry Kewell, Australia's greatest footballer, heading to Hervey Bay in September.
The Socceroos legend will be bringing his Harry Kewell Academy to the city for kids aged nine to 12.
Kewell, 35, said he was looking forward to coming to Hervey Bay and passing on his wisdom to the next generation of football stars.
"My aim is to give back to football in Australia at a grassroots level and with the support of Jeep, I am able to reach remote communities within Queensland," he said.
"It's not about just attending a clinic, it's about becoming a member of the Harry Kewell Academy - continual communication and coaching support and a longevity beyond one clinic.
"My aim is to find the stars of tomorrow and help them achieve their goals and reach their potential."
The former Leeds and Liverpool superstar was the youngest player to debut for Australia (17, seven months), winning 58 international caps along with 17 goals for Australia.
Since retiring from football in March, Kewell has dedicated his time travelling around Australia to conduct his academy master classes, which were developed to provide an exclusive group of young players with a rare professional coaching experience from Kewell himself.
Named the Greatest Ever Australian Footballer in 2012, Kewell will be making 16 stops during his next round of roadshows from August to December with Hervey Bay the only city in Central Queensland selected.
Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets is the local club that can take credit for luring the big name star to Hervey Bay.
Club president Stuart Taylor said Kewell's visit would be a massive coup for the area and believed the lucky young participants won't be the only ones in for a treat.
"To have such a charismatic and well-known sportsman coming here is quite remarkable," he said.
"I don't know who will be more excited, the mums, the dads or the kids.
"I remember watching Harry Kewell playing for Liverpool was one of the most amazing things.
"He's the most incredible striker of the ball I had seen and to see this Australian breakthrough to the English Premier League in such a spectacular way broke some real barriers as far as Australian achievements go."
While the academy will be accepting limited numbers, Taylor was adamant the academy clinic would not be open to just Jets juniors.
"This is not about growing the Jets, it's about growing the game and growing the skills of our young players and we'll be trying to make sure those players who need to know can apply," he said.
Eager to leverage off the back of the hype of the FIFA World Cup, Taylor believed Kewell's visit would be the shot in the arm football in Hervey Bay needs.
"With the frenzied energy that came from the World Cup and moving into the Asian Cup and in August the A-League starts up again, I think it is going to be a fantastic time for football in Australia," he said.
"This is a perfect storm and Hervey Bay is ripe for the picking in terms of promoting football."
HARRY KEWELL ACADEMY
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30
WHERE: Football Hervey Bay fields, Tavistock St, Torquay
WHAT: Children aged 9-12 can participate in the Academy in a number of skills and drills with Harry Kewell.
REGISTER: To register your interest, visit harrykewellacademy.com