Football Victoria (FV) have announced former Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy will become their new MiniRoos Manager in Victoria.
Kennedy represented Australia 36 times and scored 20 goals in his Socceroos career.
FV CEO Peter Filopoulos claimed he was delighted to welcome Kennedy to the role, which he starts on March 16.
The MiniRoos program is designed for kids aged between 4-11 and hopes to introduce the sport to newcomers in an inclusive manner.
“Our clear strategy to grow the game in Victoria has allowed us to create a series of unprecedented opportunities in Victorian football. To be able to get someone of Josh Kennedy’s quality into the organisation, working in genuine grass roots football, is something we’re all very proud of,” Mr Filopoulos said.
“We continue to attract high quality candidates who align to our values of Respect, Integrity, Unity, Leadership and Inclusive. Our values and culture remain a top priority in driving high standards of performance and behaviours and providing the necessary safety and wellbeing of our people and participants.
“Josh’s appointment allows us to not only bolster our current team, but build a stronger team for the future of Victorian football as well,” he said.
Kennedy claimed he was looking forward to starting his new role with Football Victoria.
“I’m in a really good position now where I can start to give back to the game which has been a massive part of my life,” Kennedy said.
“I have a son in MiniRoos and seeing him and his friends enjoying their football, irrespective of their abilities, is fantastic. I can’t wait to share my stories and footballing journey with girls and boys all over the state each weekend across Victoria.
“The first thing I want to do is learn as much as I can from clubs, parents, coaches and of course the kids. Eventually, we can then put longer-term plans in place to improve experiences and attract as many young players as possible to the world game,” Kennedy concluded.