Reconnecting via 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.