Patients get a kick out of Socceroos visit

Football skills were on show at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead today and they weren’t just off the boots of visiting Socceroos Brett Holman and Alex Brosque.

Patients had the unique opportunity to juggle with the Aussie duo who took time out from the team’s World Cup Asian Qualifier preparations to visit the Hospital.

Nine-year-old Jack Gittany, a football fanatic who already has his sights on a Socceroos jersey, was among the many kids in awe of Holman and Brosque as they signed footballs, flags, posters, and, of course, casts.

“The Socceroos are my favourite team,” said Jack.

“I’ve seen them play but I’ve never met them before.

“It is so cool.”

Like many patients, Jack is a regular at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and visits like today’s are a welcome distraction from what can be a difficult time. Holman, who grew up in nearby Croyden Park, said it was great to balance the team’s tough training regime with fan engagement.

“It’s always a pleasure to meet Socceroos fans but it was extra special to be at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead  today,” said Holman.

“Alex and I both grew up in Western Sydney and know how important this Hospital is in the community.

“We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to bring a smile to these kids’ faces simply by being here and kicking the ball around.”

The players’ visit came just days after the Socceroos impressive 4-0 victory against Jordan and in the thick of  preparations for the team’s crucial contest against Iraq on Tuesday (June 18, kick-off 730pm) at ANZ Stadium.

Victory will secure Australia a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.