In the latest positive visit for the community, Adelaide United have officially touched down in Whyalla.
The Reds ran an opening training session on Thursday, and will be running football schools throughout Friday.
The football schools will provide important training for young, aspiring soccer players – an opportunity not usually available for those living in country areas.
Adelaide United Midfielder Isaias said he enjoyed coming down to country areas to train young players.
“At the moment we are enjoying our time here, the people are very nice to us. We want to thank them for having us,” he said.
“We have enjoyed using the training facilities, we’ve had fun with the kids as well. We had some time after the training to do some photos and autographs.
“It’s nice to know a different area, to see how the people here live and work. It’s always nice to come here to a town like this.”
Isais said trips to areas like Whyalla were often a bonding experience for the team.
“For the team it’s important to make players closer, it’s always nice to visit different places. We haven’t seen much of Whyalla, but what I have seen is very nice,” he said.
“We played on the pitch this afternoon and we also visited the library to interact with the kids which I really enjoy. It’s always good to promote our game, I think everyone loves football.”
Mayor Lyn Breuer, who was gifted a signed Adelaide United scarf by the team, said the team were visiting at a good time for Whyalla.
“It’s fantastic to see these guys here, they’re getting around our community, working with the young people. We’ve just had the announcement regarding Arrium’s future, so it’s perfect timing,” she said.
“It’s amazing for our young ones to have Adelaide United here, what a great coup for this city to have them come here and work with players who are passionate about their soccer.”