Blumgart Gets a Chance to Shine

February 28, 2011 by Ashley Shenker
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Mount Scopus graduate, Alon Blumgart was one of four Australians given the opportunity to participate in Nike’s ‘The Chance’ soccer training program in London, involving  soccer guns from 47 countries around the world. He has returned to Melbourne where he will train with the new A-League side, Melbourne Heart.


Alon Blumgart

Blumgart, born in South Africa, originally moved to New Zealand when he was only 18 months, then moved again to Melbourne at the age of eight. He has always been a talented soccer player, growing up playing with the round ball as much as possible, and decided to have a run with Maccabi on his arrival to Melbourne. With the possibility to play at a higher level, he then began a career with South Melbourne in the Super League Division.

Blumgart attended the Melbourne trials for the Nike program, where he reached the States trials stage with flying colours. Proving himself to be a real talent, next stop was Canberra where he participated in the Pacific trials (Australia and New Zealand) at the Australian Institute of Sport, and finished ahead of 23 other participants to make the final list to be sent to England.

The publicity and exposure experienced during his time in London were certainly not what he expected. The group was continually followed by various Media organisations as they met with various stars from European soccer, including Arsenal players and coach Arsene Wenger, as well as other soccer icons.

Blumgart told J-Wire, “This opportunity was a great way to get my name out there, and an experience I will never forget. It just proves that if you really want something, you’ll get it.”

Blumgart is now back in his home town, training with the Melbourne Heart side, and tells, “It’s great when the senior players give us advice, such as John Aloisi and Simon Colosimo.” His ambition is to make his way up the Heart ranks, playing with the Youth team, then the Senior team, and hopefully one day make it on the big stage in Europe. “I’m still young and inexperienced, I’ve got so much ahead of me…I can’t wait!”



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