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The Advertiser: Marcos Flores says his online soccer training programs cannot cope with the extra stay at home traffic generated by coronavirus.

Johnny Warren Medallist Marcos Flores has gone viral, and not for his own soccer skills. Instead, his program to give children special one-on-one training has gone nuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

An idea borne by helping desolate poor children hone their soccer skills has gone viral across the planet due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adelaide United’s Johnny Warren medallist, Marcos Flores in 2018, founded the free Playmakers Trainers Agency program in a bid to give children special one-on-one training with positive interaction via social media.

However, the program cannot cope with the added traffic during the global health crisis, which has forced hundreds of millions of children to stay at home said, Flores.

Flores would need to find about $200,000 to develop a powerful app that would be free for users to keep the entire planet practising football he added.

“With the emergence of the coronavirus, now more than ever, people, kids and their families are looking for ways to engage, to stay entertained and to keep physically healthy,’’ Flores said.

“We have seen a veritable explosion in the popularity of our online platform.

“Just this week, a football club in Wales has taken up the platform, and as a result of that, PTA has had an enormous surge in popularity in Wales.

“In a time when the world is closing its borders and making everyone isolate, we are breaking down those barriers and keeping our virtual borders open with the help of the internet.

“We urgently need to accelerate our process and continue to work extremely hard on our PTA software to help us keep up with the demand and are currently hoping to find investors to come on board to help us with this development.”

PTA has been proactive among young footballer isolated in Italy – the worst nation to be hit with coronavirus outside of China-South America, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

The now Adelaide City national premier league playmaker and captain developed the program during a sabbatical in 2018 after learning how to help children keep up with their soccer skills in 2017.

Encouraging children online to be competitive in a safe virtual environment where they would practice before showing off their new social media skills was a thought he had transformed into reality.

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The Author: Val Migliaccio, The Advertiser


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