PERTH Glory defender Alex Grant will share how his love for soccer grew at kids clinics with aspiring players in Leederville next month.
Grant (23) was born in Manchester, England but migrated to Perth as an 11-year-old, before moving back to England to play for National League team Macclesfield Town.
He will join Glory teammate Marc Warren and other first team players to head the Glory Skills Community Program at the Loftus Recreation Centre in Leederville on August 7, August 14 and August 28 from 4.30pm-5.30pm.
Grant said he was looking forward to meeting kids interested in becoming soccer players.
“With the young guys, it is really just making sure they are having fun and getting something out of the sessions that the guys put on down there,” he said.
“It is just good to keep everyone interested really and make sure everyone is getting a fair go and seeing the development more so than looking at individuals.”
Grant said he remembered attending similar sessions as a kid.
“That is where I grew my love for football,” he said.
“It is just good to have that involvement and obviously when you are a kid and athletes pay a visit, it is exciting.
“They look up to you as a role model for the sport and it is good to give back.”
Grant said Glory wanted to find “balance” in their squad which faced several changes ahead of its FFA Cup run.
“The clocks are starting to turn now and things are starting to get into place,” he said.
“It is just getting that balance with everyone knowing their roles and getting the fitness that is required to play in the A-League.
“We have to build on that and obviously going into the cup game next week and getting a good result there.”
Glory plays Heidelberg United at Olympic Village in Heidelberg, Victoria on August 1.