Western Sydney Wanderers new 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 on Wednesday 1st of February.
Antonis gave an inspirational talk to the young and enthusiastic players who attended the event about never giving up and always following your dreams.
“Keep following your dreams and it will happen is the motto I followed.
“Also, always listen to your parents, they do everything for you.”
Jumping to the next level was always a dream of Antonis’ and that dream was realised after he had the opportunity to meet one of the world’s most prestigious footballers in English great David Beckham.
“When I was 9 years old I won a Channel 7 competition show in Australia and I got to meet David Beckham.
“It was amazing. He was my childhood hero and to have met him was honestly a dream come true.”
When questioned about his long-term football plans, Antonis stated his desire to play for the Socceroos having already donned the Green and Gold as an U17, U20 and U23 youth international.
The 23-year-old then put the starry eyed 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 expressed his delight in having one of Australian football’s rising sons hailing from his club that kick started his football obsession.
“It’s great to see a former Saints FC player develop into a professional footballer, playing for the Socceroos, overseas and now in the Hyundai 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.”
Football NSW Member Services Manager, Matt Rippon was extremely pleased with the event and the opportunity provided to the youngsters.
“This is just another fantastic collaboration between Hyundai A-League Clubs, Football NSW, Member Associations and our Community Clubs.
“ALDI Miniroos and Miniroos Kick-Off programs are set to grow dramatically over the coming season with a core focus on increased participant programs and community engagement.”
Registrations are now open to play football in the Bankstown District and here’s hoping we are able to unearth another Terry Antonis from our association.
For more details please visit the official website on http://www.bankstownsoccer.com.au