Footballing flair brought to town
Football: To be the best you have to learn from the best.
Thankfully for Stanthorpe's up and coming footballers, they've had a highly sought after and respected junior coach to learn from.
Toowoomba Grammar School's Thiago Kosloski, formerly of Botafogo Academy in his homeland of Brazil, spent much of last week running clinics for juniors.
With assistance from Franco Arcidiacono, Neil Newman and Anthony Rametta, Thiago conducted four sessions.
It was his fourth time to town, and he's been impressed by the progression of local players.
"I think this year has been the best sessions I've ever had here,'' Thiago said. "I teach the kids different techniques to shooting, to understanding the game, game situations, different concepts... but the most important thing for this age is contact with the ball.
"I'm very happy to be part of this and I hope to come back again soon,” he said.
Having had playing and coaching stints that took him across his own country and around the world, Thiago has seen the different methods used to develop youngsters.
He's hoping to bring that wealth of knowledge to improve budding players here.
"I moved to Australia now with my family. After the first time when I went back to Brazil I said 'I don't know when and where, one day we'll live there'.
"I love this country, I love this lifestyle and when I finished my degree and finished my A Licence (coaching), Toowoomba Grammar invited me over again and I said 'now is the time to go'.
"Players here, they're getting better. For example in Brazil, when you have a boy or girl the first gift you give is a ball. They start to play football very, very early.
"But being here over the last six years I can feel a bit of difference, I can feel Australian kids are starting to play football very early too.
"I believe in the near future we'll start to see Australia getting very good results.”