THE GLADIATORS captured the hearts of many in Bagan Datoh, Perak, today as more than 250 players from several schools around the district attended a one-day football clinic.
Eager to catch a glimpse of their Super League idols who included strikers Marlon Alex James, Bruno Marteletto, skipper Hairuddin Omar, and defender K. Reuben, to name a few, these youngsters were awed by the presence of the Armed Forces players as they stepped off the bus for the morning session of the ‘Kem Bolasepak ATM-Gladiators’ at SK Sungai Nipah Baroh.
Gladiators coach B.Sathianathan kept a watchful eye from the sidelines, preferring to let his players guide these youngsters as they formed several ‘stations’ for the session which lasted almost 90 minutes.
The second session was held in the afternoon at SMK Sri Perkasa, Hutan Melintang which was attended by 80 players from primary and secondary schools in the vicinity.
The Gladiators also played a friendly match against Bagan Datoh Selection at the SMK Hutan Melintang ground, which they won 6-0.
“SMK Seri Perkasa is also the School of Excellence for Football in Bagan Datoh and with so many players from the other schools gathered here you can see the glow on their faces as they mingled with the Armed Forces’ players,” said Seri Perkasa principal Ahmad Teridi, who added he hopes similar clinics will be held every year.
“They learned how to dribble and score goals while the goalkeepers, numbering almost 15, also picked up some finer points. This clinic session will certainly benefit them and I hope they will go on to be better players.”