First AC Milan Junior Camps conducted in Sydney

Around 330 young Australian and New Zealand football players aged 6-15 attended three weeks of coaching practice under five visiting AC Milan Youth Academy coaches, including Daniele Massaro, a World Cup and Champions League winner. When asked about the level of football skills he and the other coaches encountered during the Sydney Olympic Park -based adidas-Milan Junior Camps, Massaro said they'd worked with "some very talented young footballers" who had "responded very positively to our technical and tactical tuition".

Massaro and former Socceroo Zjelko Kalac also spent time with the participants answering questions about representing their respective countries at the highest level at the World Cup and playing for the football giant AC Milan. Kalac offered MJC participants advice on staying motivated and how hard work may one day result in playing for Milan at the San Siro.

AC Milan Junior Camps are currently run in 22 countries around the world and every year give more than 10,000 local junior footballers the opportunity to work with members of the AC Milan Youth Development Coaching team. The five-day program program was introduced to Australia for the first time in January by Football Development Australia, the official AC Milan partner for Australia and New Zealand. The AC Milan Youth Development coaching staff offers high level expertise and uses skills and techniques that are applied to coach junior players at the world renowned AC Milan Academy in Italy. FDA CEO Cormac Begley told FourFourTwo Australia he was "very happy with the results of this first initiative with AC Milan."