Legend Aussie goalkeeper and coach to head Lismore clinics

THE newly renamed Southern Cross Football Centre in Lismore will host its second former Socceroo this year with the arrival of 1974 World Cup hero and goalkeeping legend Jim Fraser for a series of clinics.

Formerly known as the Asia Pacific Football Institute, the Southern Cross Football Centre is operating as a community initiative of Southern Cross University, promoting education and participation through sport.

Centre general manager Scott Collis is excited about bringing one of Australia's greatest ever players to the region following on from the success of the Harry Kewell visit in May.

"Jim is a legend in Australian football, not only for his heroics during the qualification for the 1974 World Cup but his work in coaching," Collis said.

Fraser is a coach educator for Football NSW, FFA and FIFA, been author of junior, intermediate and senior coaching licenses for Football Australia, and been goalkeeper coach to NSW junior and senior teams.

He has overseen NSW and FFA development squads, A league club Sydney FC along with Australian men's teams, Olympic teams and the Matildas.

Fraser heads up the International Goal Keeping Academy and International Striker Academy and splits his time between coaching through those schools and a role as technical advisor of the Under-23s Philippines national team.

"The great Jonny Warren once described Jim as the best goalkeeping coach he had come across here and overseas, so it is really an honour to have Jim visit us," Collis said.

While in Lismore Fraser will run junior clinics over three days.

He will also present a coaching seminar for interested coaches in conjunction with current NSW Schoolboys head coach and Australian Schoolboys assistant coach Phil Saunders.

"We are very excited to bring our highly successful academies to Lismore," Fraser said.

"There are many potentially good players who are unidentified in regional areas. We intend this to be the first of many camps in the Lismore."

Details of the clinics and the seminar are available through the Southern Cross Football Centre website and through local clubs.

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