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A group of Melbourne kids have had the experience of a lifetime with a visit from a group of former Brazilian World Cup soccer players who took the kids through their paces at a fun-filled soccer clinic at ‘Woodlea’ in Melbourne’s west.
Held late last month, the soccer stars, which included Paulo Silas, Carlos Luciano da Silva, and Luiz Felipe, took the kids through a variety of soccer drills and taught them some new tricks including mastering ball control, passing, headers, and dribbling.
This is the third Australian visit for many of the players, returning with the Tour of Hope; an organisation which commenced back in 2008 and has travelled the Asia Pacific Region playing friendly charity matches, conducting soccer clinics and inspiring young children.
Along with the chance to develop their soccer skills and learn some new tricks, children also had the chance to get autographs from players with a brand new soccer ball to take home from the day.
Held in conjunction with Tour of Hope, this year’s clinic took place at Woodlea’s brand-new, state-of-the-art sporting precinct, which features two AFL-sized ovals, 10 tennis courts, a sporting pavilion, adventure playground and youth areas.
The soccer clinic was held as a special event for Woodlea residents, who were invited to participate as part of the community’s commitment to healthy living.
Located 29km west of Melbourne’s CBD, Woodlea is putting its focus on a number of best-practice facilities which are helping to foster a healthy lifestyle for its soon to be 10,000 residents in a move which Woodlea Project Director, Matthew Dean, says is contributing to the development’s sales success.
“ Woodlea is not like any other development – we are committed to delivering key amenities and activities that will create a vibrant community at Woodlea and will foster a healthy and active lifestyle for its residents.
“ We take pride in being a community that helps foster healthy and active lifestyles, particularly among children, so we were thrilled to not only host this clinic for the third consecutive year but to be able to hold the event on home ground for the first of what we hope are many years to come,” he said.
Over the coming years, Woodlea will deliver a 5,700sqm new town centre including a public square, central park and plaza fringed by retail spaces and a major supermarket, as well as professional services, office space and a bus interchange.
Bernadette loves taking her four kids to the wonderful Woodlea parks and therefore it is appropriate that we spoke to her in the Stage 1 park. Hers is a mixed-nationality household and their favourite family culinary experience reflects her husband’s Filipino culture. Banana leafs for plates and fingers, not forks has their kids in messy food heaven! Link to full bio here: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity
Petr is from Vladivostok Russia and is married to Laetitia, who was born in Belgium. They live in Woodlea with their two young daughters, who by their parents definition reflect both Eastern and Western culture. Petr tells us of a Russian tradition that is handed down from generation to generation when moving into a new house. With so many doing just that at Woodlea, we recommend new residents watching Petr tell us about the Russian symbolic cat “house keeper”, that watches over the new residence and helps to maintain household happiness. Link to full bio: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity #facesofwoodlea
Raj and Melody went all out to wear clothing that denotes their cultural heritage, from Mumbai India. Their Indian experience is of a glorious and multi-tiered society, where food culture is king. Raj and Melody have helped build our understanding of traditional festivals and celebrations that are important to their original community, that now cut across religious and cultural divisions. Full link to bio here: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity #facesofwoodlea
Emmanuel “Manny” was born in Malta and came to Australia as a child in the post-war migrant intake of 1954. He tells of an era of simplicity and joy amongst the challenges of life in a new land. Woodlea recognizes that a balanced community has representation across the ages and Manny shows us that living in a new community with many young families helps to keep a spring in one’s step. Full link to bio: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity #facesofwoodlea
Introducing Gustavo: Gustavao (“Gus”) and his young family are a mix of Latin European and Latin American blood, and from his account of their lives at home they have found a wonderful blend. Gus is from El Salvador and his wife is from Italy. A Latin home would not be complete without a love of joyous, uplifting music and wonderful food, designed to share with neighbours, friends and family. Link to full bio here: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity #facesofwoodlea
Introducing Chris - one of the very first Woodlea residents, with a passion for engagement with those around him and the Woodlea community in general. Chris was selected as being representative of “traditional” Australian caucasian background, but learning of his Maltese descent reminded us that it is only the indigenous Australians who aren’t derived from somewhere else! Link to full bio here: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity #facesofwoodlea
Meet Boyce - our first resident to feature in the 'Faces of Woodlea' Video Series. New Zealand born and bred but with a strong Cook Islands heritage, Boyce tells us of the central role that dance plays in his family life and cultural traditions. He is committed to continuing the cultural tradition throughout his immediate family. Watch the video below and get read his full bio here: http://bit.ly/facesofwoodlea #knowyourcommunity #facesofwoodlea