Making a pitch to local youth
A NEW Football West program is achieving its goals with local youth.
Games of Street Football is giving children and teenagers the opportunity to enjoy a modified version of soccer with their friends after school, using nothing more than jumpers for goalposts and a ball.
The program kicked off in Katanning in May before quickly spreading to Gosnells, Armadale, Canning and Morley.
Football West inclusive development officer Elmi Ali said Street Football catered to a variety of ages, usually from eight to 18.
“For a variety of reasons not everyone wants or is able to participate in a structured competition yet they still want to play the game they love; this gives them the chance,” he said.
“Each session is for two hours on a ‘street’ layout in a round robin set-up, with each individual game lasting about three minutes.
“The program is free and requires no registration; it’s a relaxed environment with pumping music and healthy street food. Our program is inclusive, pop-up style, adaptable to a range of areas and surfaces and provides youngsters with an easy and accessible way to play football.”
Football West also provide trained mentors who help participants learn healthy lifestyle and behavioural habits.
“WA Police are a core community engagement partner and kids are enjoying seeing police officers playing with them,” Mr Ali said.
The program is about to move into Canning, with games held 3.30pm to 5.30pm every Tuesday from August 14 to September 4 at Hedley Park, Bentley. Visit www.footballwest.com.au.