AUSTRALIAN COERVER KID SIGNS PRO SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE SAINTS
George Mells joined Coerver® Coaching at the age of six in 2004, where he first participated in a Holiday Clinic before progressing all the way through to the Performance Academy. He participated in his local Coerver® programme until 2007 after which he moved to New South Wales to attend Westfield High who offered George a scholarship largely based on the skills that he had developed during his time with Coerver® and playing regular Futsal.
George continued his football education with Coerver® until he moved to England to pursue his career in football where he was signed to the academy of Premier League giants Chelsea FC. George then moved to Southampton FC at the age of 14 and his hard work and determination paid off when he managed to secure a professional scholarship with the Saints as well as representing Australia at under 17 International level.
George’s Coerver® coach, Dieter Svoboda, said “When George first joined our programme it was with our Holiday Clinic programme which soon followed on to the Skills Clinics and finally the Academy program that same year. From a group consisting of U7, U8 and U9’s George was only 6 Year old but could match it with all the Coerver kids. As the months went on you could tell that he was working very hard at home with his practices as he showed remarkable improvement over the others. We at Coerver Victoria could see that George had the determination and character at this young age to take him a long way and progress into the highest levels of the game.”
George said “Coerver Coaching taught me skills like the Inside Cut, Outside Cut, Maradona Spin, Cruyff Turn, Step On, Shimmy and the ability to have good vision. I would watch the Coerver tapes and go and practice and practice. I could juggle the big ball 7651 times, tennis ball 2000, squash ball 1800 times”.
“I travelled to New South Wales and participated in the International camps where I made all the Coerver select squads from 2004 to 2007. I believe that the skills which Coerver taught me played a large part in me receiving the 2007 and 2008 Futsal National Championship Canberra MVP and Golden Boot Award”.
George Continued “Coerver taught me respect for my coaches, to have a good attitude, not to complain and to be a good person overall. The skills I learnt got me in a position to represent Australia via the Joeys (U17) 2011 and 2012, but most importantly it got me a contact at one of the biggest clubs in the world (Chelsea FC) and helped me with the placement I have now at Southampton FC, I would like to thank Coerver Coaching as it has been a big part of my development”.
George’s dad, George Senior said “Coerver gave George a structured, disciplined approach and a set of goals which he would practice every day without fail even until now”.
Coerver® Coaching would like to congratulate George for his hard work, dedication and being an excellent ambassador for our programme and someone future Coerver® kids can look up to.
We wish George all the very best with his future playing career.