SEDA Students on Road to Victory

Melbourne Victory welcomed the current crop of SEDA students back to school when they attended a training session and meet and greet with all playing and coaching staff during orientation week.

Melbourne Victory welcomed the current crop of SEDA students back to school when they attended a training session and meet and greet with all playing and coaching staff during orientation week.

The SEDA group, which included students from both the Sport Development and Talented Player programs, was given the chance to watch the boys train ahead of their clash against Adelaide United. Melbourne Victory Coach, Ernie Merrick was on hand to speak the 120 students before the start of the session, giving them plenty of insight into the way the club goes about its training. The group keenly watched on as the players were put through their paces in what was an intense workout. A meet and greet soon followed as students had the opportunity to speak one on one with their Victory heroes.

Natalie Allen, studying her Sports Development Diploma with SEDA, enjoyed the experience. “The highlight of the session was when Ernie Merrick jumped the fence and had a really good chat to all the students. He spoke about the different technology they use to test the players fitness, and the amount of coaches, trainers and scientists that are involved in both games and training sessions. It was also both interesting and funny to hear that Ernie was shoved into goals because he wasn't skilful enough to play any other position!” she said.

Program manager Nick Radecki said “SEDA thanks the Melbourne Victory for providing the opportunity for students to meet with players and staff. It is a great start to the program and we look forward to working with the Victory throughout the year to promote football and the club.”