Coerver kid George Mells has been with Southampton since he was 14 years old and recently received his scholarship with Southampton, having played with Chelsea FC before that. George has also represented Australia with U/17 Joey’s.
George joined Coerver as a six year old when it first started in Victoria in 2004. He participated in the Coerver program in Victoria until 2007 after which he moved to NSW to attend Westfield High who offered George a scholarship largely based on his Coerver and Futsal ability. In Sydney he continued with Coerver Coaching with FNSW but then moved to England to pursue his career in football.
However, before George’s scholarship Coerver had only just come into Victoria in 2004 through the vision of four football enthusiasts Nick Monteleone, Stuart Munro, Fab Incantelupo and Dieter Svoboda. Believing that Skill coaching was a vital part of a young player’s development and was something that needed more focus at junior level in Victoria.
The goal of Coerver Victoria was to develop skilled, confident and creative players, but also teach values of good sportsmanship, respect for all, value winning but not more than character and performance.
After a number of Holiday Clinics and Skills Clinics, the first Academy was run in May 2004. We had a young 6 YO boy join the Academy named George Mells. In a group consisting of 7, 8 and 9’s George not only held his own but outclassed a number of the kids with his skill. You could see even at such an early age that he had the determination and drive to improve his football and the dream of one day playing at the highest level and representing his country. Not only did he have the drive and determination to succeed, but he also showed the other values which were demanded by Coerver, good sportsmanship, respect for all, value winning but not more than character and performance.
George’s Coerver Coach Dieter Svoboda said: “When George first joined our program it was with our Holiday Clinic program which soon followed on to Skills Clinic and finally the Academy program that same year. From a group consisting of 7, 8 and 9’s George was only 6 Year old but could match it with all the Coerver kids. As the months went on you could tell that he was working very hard at home with his practices as he showed remarkable improvement over the others. We at Coerver Victoria could see that George had the determination and character at this young age to take him a long way and progress into the highest levels of the game.”
Coerver Coaching asked George and his father about his experience with Coerver Coaching and how it helped his game.
George said: “Coerver Coaching taught me skills like the inside cut, outside cut, Maradona Spin, Cruyff turn, step on, shimmy and the ability to have good vision. I would watch the Coerver tapes and go and practice and practice. I could juggle the big ball 7651 times, tennis ball 2000, squash ball 1800 times.”
“I travelled to NSW and participated in the International camps where I made all the Coerver select squads from 2004 to 2007. I believe that the skills which Coerver taught me played a large part in me receiving 2007 and 2008 Futsal National Championship Canberra MVP and Golden Boot Award.
“Coerver taught me respect for my coaches, to have a good attitude, not to complain and to be a good person overall. The skills I learnt got me in a position to represent Australia via Joeys 2011 and 2012, but most importantly it got me a contact at one of the biggest clubs in the world and helped me with the placement I have now at Southampton FC. I would like to thank Coerver Coaching as it has been a big part of my development.”
George Snr said: “Coerver gave George structured disciplined approach and a set of goals which he would practice every day without fail even until now.”
At Coerver Melbourne North East we would like to acknowledge George for his achievements so far, in dedicating a Scholarship in his honour. The George Mells Scholarship recipient will be selected by head coaches of Coerver Melbourne North East. The awarded player from our Skills, Mighty Mites or Club programs must have shown as George did the dedication and commitment to improve their skills, and show the values which Coerver Melbourne North East demand.
The successful player receiving the George Mells Scholarship will be invited to join the Performance Academy program.
Coever Coaching were pleased to announce that the recipient of the George Mells Scholarship for 2013 / 2014 Performance Academy is Lukas Vella.
Lukas participated in our Skills Program this year and all coaches agreed that Lukas has shown tremendous improvements in his skills and has also followed our values.
We asked Lukas a few questions:
How did you feel when you were told that you were awarded the George Mells Scholarship?
“When I heard about the opportunity for the Scholarship I trained really hard at home to improve my skills so I could pass the trial. When I was told by my dad I had received the Scholarship I was very excited and told everyone at school.”
How Coerver has helped his game?
“Coerver has helped me improve my game in many ways. It has helped me improve my first touch, decision making, receiving and passing. I use the moves we are taught in games to beat my opponent to create space to pass or shoot at goal. Coerver has made me a more confident player.”
Has George been in contact with you?
“George has contacted me to congratulate me on winning the Scholarship and wished me all the best. He also told me that I should not hesitate in contacting him, he would be happy to answer any questions I might have.”
“I would like to thank George for making this Scholarship available, it is very generous. George has given me a chance to really improve my game and maybe one day play in the EPL just like George.”
Coerver Melbourne North East would like to congratulate Lukas for winning the George Mells Scholarship. We would also like to thank George Mells and Southampton FC in allowing us to use his name for this Scholarship and wish him much success with his endeavours to play at the highest level.
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