Melbourne Victory’s U-NITE blockbuster on Australia Day will bring the diverse cultures of Melbourne together through football.
Melbourne Victory-s U-NITE blockbuster on Australia Day will bring the diverse cultures of Melbourne together through football.
The club has offered an opportunity of a lifetime to some aspiring young footballers.
Two teams will battle it out at Etihad Stadium as a curtain raiser to Victory's clash with Sydney FC.
To prepare both teams for their moment in the limelight, Melbourne Victory invited them to AAMI Park to be taken through a training session with Foxtel National Youth League coach Darren Davies.
Press play on the video above to see Darren Davies take the boys through their training session on Gosch's Paddock ahead of their curtain raiser on Sunday
The two teams experienced a top-class training session and the chance to be seen and coached by Melbourne Victory coaching staff, an opportunity of a lifetime.
Darren Davies said he was pleased with what the two teams produced on Gosch's Paddock.
“I was extremely impressed with the standard of football on display and it was a pleasure to coach these young lads at the home of Melbourne Victory,” Davies said.
“This shows the power of football and how our sport can unite people from different background and cultures to come together through as shared passion."
Unite FC, an elite Melbourne Horn of African youth team will take on Victoria-s Asian-All stars in the curtain raiser.
The Unite FC team is a squad of the young horn of African players, that are picked for their football qualities, as well as their nationalities within countries of Horn of Africa.
The players are given the opportunity to represent their community in tournaments around the world. So far they have travelled to Barcelona, Madrid and Brazil representing the Australian African communities.
The players are all registered within the FFV leagues and are playing in the higher divisions
The Asian All-Stars were selected from the Melbourne Asian Cup, a tournament Melbourne Victory have been involved in to celebrate the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2015 and some top talent from the Melbourne Chinese Soccer Association.
Make sure you get down early to the game on Sunday to check out these two teams showcase Melbourne's multicultural talent on one of the biggest stages.