Spent play­ing sport

The Advocate (Perth) - - LOCAL SPORTS STARS -

search that shows we all need a bal­anced life, par­tic­u­larly kids who are study­ing hard at school,” he said.

“If your phys­i­cal health is in good shape you’re more likely to be pro­duc­tive and en­joy­ing life.”

Alexan­der used to coach foot­ball for boys with be­havioural prob­lems.

“If you get them into a sport­ing club they will feel a part of the com­mu­nity, they’ll have a stake in it and they will be less likely to of­fend against some­thing that they feel a part of,” he said.

He said sport also opened doors for so­cial con­tact.

“The only way you make new friends is in your work­place, at school where you pick up your kids and run into other par­ents or through sport­ing clubs,” he said.

“There are not that many other places where you meet new peo­ple.”

He said WA had ex­cel­lent sport and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties.

The in­creas­ing trend of smaller play ar­eas in mod­ern hous­ing es­tates and chil­dren spend­ing more time on com­put­ers had made it in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to use th­ese fa­cil­i­ties and pub­lic open spa­ces.

Alexan­der said se­niors were also en­cour­aged to re­main phys­i­cally ac­tive, with doc­tors pre­scrib­ing ex­er­cise rou­tines for their pa­tients.

For­mer pro­fes­sional soc­cer player Brad Has­sell has been pas­sion­ate about play­ing sport ever since pulling on his first pair of foot­ball boots at age four.

Has­sell, who was part of two ti­tle-win­ning teams with Perth Glory from 2001 to 2004, said his in­volve­ment in sport had helped to main­tain his fit­ness and es­tab­lish a so­cial net­work.

“I had a fan­tas­tic time with the Glory; we were win­ning and com­pet­ing in front of big crowds and there was a real buzz around the squad,” he said.

“I made some good friends and I still see some of them in­volved in the game.”

He said the so­cial ben­e­fits of in­ter­act­ing with groups of play­ers helped de­velop team work which could be ap­plied in other ar­eas of life.

“You need to learn to work with oth­ers and get on with peo­ple,” he said.

Af­ter a stint in man­age­ment with Ar­madale FC, Has­sell has been a skill ac­qui­si­tion trainer with Foot­ball West for the past five years, work­ing with chil­dren aged 912.

He still plays five-a-side soc­cer dur­ing sum­mer .

“I en­joy do­ing it and the plus side of that is that you are get­ting the fit­ness with it,” he said.

“If you had to do some­thing like run laps it’s bor­ing – I’d much rather play five-a-side than go to the gym.”

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