Hull man big benefit for school

BOSSLEY Park High School's sporting program is developing its next generation of talented athletes.

The football program is headed by teacher Geoffrey Stanmore.

Last year, after an exhaustive search, the school hired Hull City Football Academy coach Neil Mann.

Mann played for English Premier League's Hull City for 10 years then entered the coaching ranks. He packed his bags and came Down-under to take the job.

He said there is plenty of sports talent at the school.

"There is plenty of talent here in Australia and these kids are very good."

Mann said the coaching involves teaching the players not just the basics but advanced skills they will need if they reach higher levels, such as the seven students who are currently training overseas with seven professional clubs.

Principal Michelle Wood said the program has many positives in the students' education.

The aims are to improve sporting abilities, academic achievements and develop students' character.

Bossley Park High School has 1500 students and opened in 1988.

The school has produced players who have reached A-League level.

They include Melbourne Heart's Iain Ramsay, former Sydney FC player Nathan Sherlock, Western Sydney Wanderers' Catherine Cannuli, and Sydney FC national youth league pair Marcus Donatiello and Keenan Gibson. Gibson headed overseas in the school holidays to train with Dutch club Excelsior.

Experienced referee Kris Griffiths Jones mentors the school's junior referees and Liam Rose, 16, recently signed a contract with A-League club, Central Coast Mariners.

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