Revealed: Sam Kerr’s incredible act for football-mad kids after the Matildas’ World Cup success made her the most famous person in Australia
- Matildas skipper has launched her own football academy
- Targeting boys and girls aged between three and 14
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Matildas superstar Sam Kerr has ensured her personal legacy will live on long beyond the World Cup, launching her own football academy schools across Australia.
Dubbed Sam Kerr Football, the aim of the move is to inspire the next generation of kids – boys and girls – aged between three and 14 to fall in love with the world game.
Kerr’s manager Niki White confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that her star client is flying back to the United Kingdom on Wednesday as she prepares for another season with Chelsea in the Women’s Super League competition, which kicks off on October 1.
But before leaving local shores, Australia’s captain launched her academy program, which aims to eventually help develop footballers right across the world.
‘I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Sam Kerr Football,’ Kerr said.
Matildas superstar Sam Kerr has ensured her personal legacy beyond the World Cup, launching her own football academy schools across Australia
‘Growing up, there weren’t opportunities for me to develop my game in a way that allowed me to be my best. It wasn’t until I turned professional, that I learnt things like how to nourish my body to perform at my best or how to manage my mental well-being.
‘My hope is that delivering a comprehensive program that is more than just skill development will give young players the best chance to live out their potential as a player.
‘Being in the position I’m in today, I want to give back to the sport I love and to my young fans.
‘It’s an incredible privilege to be able to share what I have learned to better the sport, to build a legacy, and to inspire and connect with the next generation of Australian footballers.’
The program will be developed under Kerr’s guidance, allowing her to call on her experiences from playing professionally in Australia, the US and now in England.
And those interested in aligning themselves with Kerr’s academy – which was established by an private investor – can do so as a player, owner, coach or commercial partner.
Dubbed Sam Kerr Football , the aim of the academy is to inspire the next generation of kids aged between three and 14 to fall in love with the world game
Following an injury interrupted start to the World Cup due to a calf complaint, Kerr showcased her elite mentality in the semi-final against England.
While the Lionesses won 3-1, Kerr’s individual effort from distance which rocketed into the top corner has been listed in the top 10 goals of the tournament by FIFA.
Kerr also called for government funding post the Matildas exit from the World Cup in a bid to develop grassroots football in Australia.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese obliged, revealing a $200million boost for women’s sport via the Play Our Way program.
Albanese said the aim was to ensure that young girls could not only grow up seeing women in sport – but also aspire to be professional athletes themselves.
The funding will be available to upgrade facilities and provide equipment, specifically for women and girls.