The Crystal Palace FC Foundation were delighted this week to be joined by first team goalkeeper and Palace hero, Julian Speroni, on our Croydon High Soccer School session.
Having entered his tenth year at the Club and with his reputation as a coveted fan favourite, Speroni was keen to come down to a summer football venue and witness some of the local young talent moving through the Palace ranks.
Croydon High School is a regular Soccer School venue for the Foundation with numbers upwards of 50 youngsters during busy holiday periods. This Wednesday saw over 60 participants on our course with 30 of these kids taking part in the exclusive Julian Speroni led coaching session.
Having been at the Club for ten eventful years, Speroni commented that he had never seen so much momentum and positivity surrounding the Club and he was pleased that this atmosphere was simultaneous with his testimonial year.
The participants on the course were overwhelmed to see the Palace number one stroll on to the 3G surface at Croydon High. Speroni greeted all the youngsters and then got them engaged in some technical drills, assisted by CPFC Foundation coaches.
The course was lay on for free by the Foundation and supported by the official Julian Speroni Testimonial. Julian mentioned that he wanted to give something back to his young fans and local community and was especially excited to do some coaching with our football mad youngsters.
The participants played in games under the watchful eye of the Palace goalkeeper and received some professional advice and feedback on how to become a Premier League star. Speroni then gathered the youngsters in the centre circle to conduct a Q&A session.
Speroni answered questions on what football was like in his home country of Argentina, his best saves as a professional footballer and the toughest opponents he has come up against playing in one of the worlds top domestic leagues.
He also spoke about his time at Crystal Palace, his fondest memories of the Club and identified a few players who he thinks are vital to the Club’s success this season; fan favourite Wilfred Zaha, tricky winger Yannick Bolasie and brand new signing Yohan Cabaye.
The session was a sea of Palace colours, home and away kits, and a great advert for the young footballing talent in the local area.
All players received an official Julian Speroni signed certificate and poster for taking part in the day and hopefully an experience to remember!
Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace FC, said: “I am delighted to have been with CPFC for ten incredible years and can say with pride that the Club is in the strongest position since I arrived back in 2004.
It is especially important that we cherish the roots of our Club and value our community and family ties. I have enjoyed meeting and coaching some of these young footballers and potentially next generation of Palace stars.
It is a pleasure to spend the afternoon with youngsters who want to learn the game and follow in the footsteps of their favorite Premier League stars. Glad I could be a part of their journey and development!”