TALKING SHOP: Craig Foster speaking with young soccer players at Southern Cross University Football Centre.
TALKING SHOP: Craig Foster speaking with young soccer players at Southern Cross University Football Centre. Steve Mackney

Former Socceroo inspires young players

ONE of Lismore's favourite sons and former Socceroo Craig Foster offered words of inspiration to almost 150 Far North Coast players and coaches at the Liverpool FC Academy in Lismore.

Back in town to promote Lismore at the invitation of Lismore City Council, Foster was keen to visit the football facility at East Lismore that started as a conceptional idea which he first outlined back in 2009. Foster's influence and passion over many years are reflective of his commitment to the local region and his vision to progress the World Game locally.

Foster, who is a highly qualified and respected analyst of the game, had the next generation of talented young boys and girls enthralled as he offered words relevant to football and life.

The articulate Foster highlighted good old country values of hard work, belief and respect with messages that resonated with both young and old observers in his audience.

"What you achieve in life is ultimately up to you,” Foster said. "Be prepared to work harder than your teammates, make sacrifices even when you would rather not and I guarantee that your commitment will be repaid in spades.”

An enthusiastic group of kids from community clubs also joined Foster for a social but competitive game in the quadrangle adjacent to the Lismore Art Gallery.

In a gesture that exemplifies the character of the man, each of the eight Lismore soccer clubs are now the recipients of $250 courtesy of Foster's visit back home.



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