SO COOL: Harry Kewell working with some young football players at the Harry Kewell Academy in Hervey Bay.
SO COOL: Harry Kewell working with some young football players at the Harry Kewell Academy in Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Kewell's clinic goes ahead despite wet weather

THE idol of many young Fraser Coast footballers has held a successful development clinic in our region, despite rain forcing a late venue change.

On his second visit to the region since September, former Socceroo and Liverpool player Harry Kewell held an academy clinic yesterday afternoon.

Rain forced the session to be moved from fields on Tavistock St to the Hervey Bay High School's hall.

"I thought Hervey Bay was the sunny part of Australia," Kewell joked.

In September, Kewell successfully bought his Jeep Harry Kewell Academy to Hervey Bay for the first time.

"The kind of response we got was excellent, the turnout that we got was excellent," he said.

"I've always said if we get a great response like that, we'll always come back."

And bringing the sessions to young kids in regional areas has been a passion for the former international player.

In his two-and-a-half hour session, children experience what it's like to be a professional footballer.

"It's hands-on training," Kewell said. "When your coach is talking, you listen, you don't disrespect them.

"It's an opportunity for me to give them a little bit of advice and show them a few new, different techniques.

"All the exercises and drills, it's all the stuff I did throughout my career."

Kewell will hold his second Hervey Bay clinic this afternoon from 4 o'clock.