Pro­gram ex­tends kids’ soc­cer sea­son

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

FOOT­BALL@5 is a new ini­tia­tive by the Curtin Uni Foot­ball Club to get chil­dren, aged seven to 16 years, out in the park with min­i­mal adult in­volve­ment.

The club pro­vides the chil­dren with por­ta­ble goals, coned pitches, bibs and balls on Fri­day evenings, from 5pm, for five-aside games.

Coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor Ian Mor­ris said there was no coach­ing or PlaySta­tion parenting.

“It’s been great to see be­tween 50-60 kids from seven to 16 week in, week out play­ing non-stop for 75 min­utes,” Mr Mor­ris said.

“We sort the kids out on to pitches roughly grouped by age bands, though not ex­clu­sively, and away they go and play, hav­ing fun and learn­ing to play foot­ball.

“De­mand is in­creas­ing for more foot­ball op­por­tu­ni­ties. Boys and girls are look­ing to play beyond the of­fi­cial win­ter foot­ball sea­son, April to Septem­ber, and Foot­ball@5 is one way in which our club is pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to our com­mu­nity and our chil­dren to de­velop and grow through foot­ball.”

Foot­ball@5 is not limited to Curtin Uni JFC play­ers – any­one can join.

There is a $5 fee which goes to­wards set­ting up costs.

Chil­dren take to the foot­ball field for a new ini­tia­tive called Foot­ball@5.

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