Night Fields ex­pands to Roe­bourne

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A foot­ball pro­gram de­signed to en­gage young peo­ple with lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vices is be­ing rolled out on a pi­lot ba­sis in Roe­bourne af­ter be­ing well re­ceived in Kar­ratha ear­lier this year.

The launch of the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion’s Night Fields pro­gram in Roe­bourne will pro­vide free, struc­tured foot­ball games for chil­dren aged 6-17 ev­ery Fri­day night be­tween now and June 23.

A sim­i­lar model has been run­ning in Kar­ratha since Jan­uary, where it has grad­u­ated from pi­lot to on­go­ing sta­tus.

Night Fields, which the Pil­bara is only the third area in re­gional WA to gain, is de­signed to help atrisk young peo­ple con­nect with their peers and com­mu­nity ser­vice groups, as well as stay ac­tive.

WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion Pil­bara re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew said from work­ing in part­ner­ship with town el­ders, Roe­bourne po­lice and the PCYC, she was ex­pect­ing the pro­gram to be a hit with lo­cal chil­dren.

“We’ve run it suc­cess­fully in Kar­ratha, now it’s just time to ex­pand it to other ar­eas that need it, and Roe­bourne’s just the next step for now,” she said.

Ms Agnew said the pro­gram would be run­ning only on a trial ba­sis in Roe­bourne for the next month, but may be­come per­ma­nent once it was re­assessed at the end of that time.

Games will be held at Roe­bourne School Oval ev­ery Fri­day night from 6pm-9pm un­til June 23.

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