Re­con­nect­ing via sport

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL West is help­ing chil­dren from Banksia Hill De­ten­tion Cen­tre re­con­nect with the com­mu­nity via weekly foot­ball games.

Since De­cem­ber, Foot­ball West have been head­ing into the ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­tre ev­ery Tuesday to head up a foot­ball skills pro­gram.

A player’s el­i­gi­bil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in the weekly ses­sions is de­pen­dent on their be­hav­iour, pro­vid­ing an in­cen­tive for them to con­duct them­selves in a pos­i­tive man­ner.

De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Garry Church said the weekly vis­its were aimed not only at get­ting the kids ac­tive, but at also try­ing at­tempt­ing to re-estab­lish a con­nec­tion with the com­mu­nity.

“The idea was to go in there and try and grow the sport and give kids who haven’t played the sport be­fore to give it a go, but long-term or medium-term, it is to get other teams to go in there be­cause the kids seem to en­joy play­ing against other teams,” he said.

“Ul­ti­mately if some­one wanted to get in­volved with a lo­cal club, we can be a bit of a con­nec­tion for them to join lo­cal clubs (when they’re re­leased).”

Church said he was de­lighted with the chil­dren’s en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy to­wards the project.

“To be hon­est, I didn’t know what to ex­pect when go­ing in there, you’ve got to go in there with an open mind.

“We’ve got kids in there who have never played foot­ball be­fore and to get them in­volved with it is ab­so­lutely great.”

Chil­dren at Banksia Hill De­ten­tion Cen­tre are re­con­nect­ing with the com­mu­nity through foot­ball.

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