Ex Perth Glory player teaching local soccer kids

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Former Perth Glory player and new coach Cam Edwards.
Camera IconFormer Perth Glory player and new coach Cam Edwards.

A local high school now has a little more glory in its specialist soccer program.

Former Perth Glory player Cameron Edwards has taken on the coaching role at Safety Bay Senior High School this term, leading his teams through to the semi-finals.

“I’ve really enjoyed taking on this role at the same place where I did my prac a few years ago,” Mr Edwards said.

“Teaching was never really on the cards for me, but when I got to about 24 years old I was questioning what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and I decided on teaching.

“It was a tough decision to make at that time while playing professionally, but I’m really glad I made that call looking back now.”

The school’s specialist football program is an elite sports program that combines sporting excellence, academic achievement and personal growth.

Students participate in 240 minutes of practical coaching time during the school week, with two one-hour sessions and one two-hour session per week.

Before taking on the coaching role, Mr Edwards played professional soccer for six years in Perth, Melbourne, England and Malaysia.

“Having a teacher who has played professionally has been received well by the kids, and I think it helps me to guide them in a certain way that I might not have been able to without that experience,” he said.

“We’ve reached the semi’s for our intermediate and seniors teams which we haven’t done for a while. The year 10 group played their match on Tuesday and the seniors will play in week nine.”

Mr Edwards said the school soccer teams around Perth are “developing constantly” and is excited that SBSHS can “keep up and compete at a level against schools like John Curtin”.

“I’m just trying to put my spin on things.” and can’t wait to watch the kids progress and develop in the years to come,” he said.

The school has has won eleven state titles since it started in 2002 and is only one of four Department of Education approved specialist football programs in WA.

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