Scor­ing more goals

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A FOOT­BALL pro­gram that worked to in­volve dis­en­gaged and at-risk youth in the south eastern suburbs will soon be ex­panded to other ar­eas in the metropoli­tan area.

A FOOT­BALL pro­gram to in­volved dis­en­gaged and at-risk youth that started in Ar­madale, Lath­lain and Swan View is be­ing ex­panded to other ar­eas in the metropoli­tan area.

WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion metropoli­tan south com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Liam An­thony said the col­lab­o­ra­tion from lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment agen­cies had been the driv­ing force be­hind the suc­cess of the pro­gram to date.

“A num­ber of agen­cies in­clud­ing YMCA and Headspace have been able to drive ef­fec­tive out­comes in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, which is great to see,” Mr An­thony said.

The pro­gram pro­vides a foot­ball path­way for the par­tic­i­pants and has al­lowed them to tran­si­tion into lo­cal foot­ball clubs.

It started in Ar­madale, Lath­lain and Swan View and has since ex­panded to Cockburn, Fre­man­tle, Melville along­side the South West Metro part­ner­ship Fo­rum (SWMPF) and more re­cently this year, Kwinana and Man­durah.

Last week, more than 100 young peo­ple from Kwinana and Man­durah came to­gether to play a game of foot­ball and cel­e­brate indige­nous cul­ture as part of the Naidoc ses­sion of the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion’s Night Fields pro­gram.

It marked the last ses­sion of the six-week pro­gram, which was de­vel­oped last year to in­volve dis­en­gaged and at-risk youth in foot­ball and pro­vide them with a range of so­cial sup­port ser­vices.

Par­tic­i­pants sim­ply head to their lo­cal cen­tre, reg­is­ter their de­tails, prac­tise their foot­ball skills and then play a game be­fore be­ing fed din­ner.

Due to the suc­cess of the pro­gram, the WAFC will look to cre­ate more cen­tres for the Term 3 Night Fields pro­gram.

Youth who might be lost to the sport are get­ting a chance.

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