Coach enters field

FORMER state-level soccer player Lawrence Lewis is now sharing his skills with Perth’s budding soccer stars.

The Maccabi senior youth development coach said he enjoyed the competitive nature and sense of community at the club.

“Something you look for in a team is being able to bring different people together regardless of background,” he said.

“We also have a lot of outside activities like bowling, we go to Glory games or just go out socially.”

Originally from England, Lewis came to Perth from the Gold Coast in late 2013 after playing in the Queensland state league for seven months.

“It’s different to playing state league but since I got involved here it’s been fantastic,” he said.

“For me part of it was being competitive which is great to see in the club.”

On the field, Lewis plays on the wing for the men’s first team but the Osborne Park resident also has 10 years of coaching experience under his belt.

“I enjoy the opportunity to help a player develop their skills and find new skills to obtain,” he said.

“We started running the indoor league before Christmas and we found it’s definitely something people in the community were looking forward to.

“We’re starting a futsol league with the new indoor facilities as well.”

Late last year, the club unveiled new indoor soccer facilities after “heavy water damage” to the previous indoor area.

There are four adult teams (one women’s) and a mix of youth teams from ages under-6 to under-18s.

Lewis said the adult leagues had recently started pre-season ahead of a late April start.

The not-for-profit club, established in 1953, is based at Maccabean Oval in Yokine.