Squirts take over fields
THE focus was on having fun at the first day of Squirts.
The Kingaroy Red Backs soccer fields were packed with kids keen to kick goals while their parents looked on from the sidelines.
The program is for children between the ages of three and five and uses soccer to develop motor skills.
Kingaroy Squirts coaching co-ordinator Peter Maher said the interest in junior soccer was booming and 42 players had signed up.
“We could probably take over all the other junior fields there is that much interest (in Squirts),” Maher said.
“We had to cap ours at 42 because we could have had 100-and-something that wanted to do it.
“But we have to cap it, the room it takes up and all the parents on the sideline we had to keep it to 42.”
The popularity of the program shows soccer has its feet firmly planted in the South Burnett.
And Maher was confident the skills learned in Squirts would translate to a stronger junior competition.
“Once they’ve started here they continue from Squirts in to the under 6s. I’d say probably all of them here will (continue to play).
“We teach them movement, balance, controlling the ball and make sure they are all having fun.”
And keeping a pack of children under the age of five is proving a whole new ball game for the 12 volunteer coaches.
“We give them all a ball each and have them kick goals.
“No one wants to be a goal keeper; they just want to kick a ball into the back of a net.”
Squirts will run for six weeks, finishing the week before South Burnett Football’s grand final games.