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Former World Cup Coach Hosts Football Clinic

Former Socceroos World Cup Coach, Rale Rasic is passing his skills and knowledge to enthusiastic young footballers from Toowoomba Grammar School from 16-18 April.

Rasic was the 1974 World Cup Coach and has recently been ranked in the FIFA Top 100 Coaches of all time.

This is Rasic’s tenth and final year as the TGS Football Patron. He has always been keen to be associated with the program due to the talent and enthusiasm of the young players here, however he has decided that at age 83 it’s time to hang up his boots.

Other high-profile coaches attending the Clinic include the Head of Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) for Football Federation Australia and Football Queensland, Dean Simpkins and Youth League Coach Japan, Horishi Imai.

Imai is a former TGS Coach who is rapidly making his way through the J-League Youth Program, which is the strongest football program in Asia and one of the most highly-regarded in the World.

The young Grammar footballers are particularly excited about Tuesday’s session with two other special guests sharing their advice on that day, Newcastle Jets Technical Director, Craig Deans and National Youth League Coach, Labi Haliti.

Over 170 boys are attending the intensive three-day clinic (from Tuesday to Thursday) which will be focussing on technical and tactical knowledge and skills. A further 80 players aged 6-12 years are attending the ‘Magic Mitchell’ Football clinic which is run in conjunction with the larger program.

This is the precursor to the GPS competition and has formed the basis of Toowoomba Grammar School’s success in that competition, with our First XI team placing in the top three in the past five years, including two Premierships.