STREET SOC­CER

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THE Cairns Safe Streets soc­cer games will be kick­ing new goals at Ed­mon­ton at the end of the month.

Street Soc­cer be­gan in 2013 as a way of tack­ling ju­ve­nile delin­quency by pro­vid­ing an out­let for pri­mary school stu­dents.

Over the past year, street soc­cer has been held weekly in the west­ern sub­urbs, through a part­ner­ship be­tween Cairns Safer Streets, Aus­tralian Red Cross, PCYC indige­nous Pro­grams, Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and Cen­tacare.

Cairns Safer Streets project man­ager De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Kev Goan said hun­dreds of young peo­ple had al­ready par­tic­i­pated in the free ac­tiv­ity.

“Street soc­cer was kicked off as a lo­cal re­sponse to lo­cal con­cerns about chil­dren wan­der­ing the streets with noth­ing to do,” Det Snr Sgt. Goan said.

“Over the past year, we’ve had a fan­tas­tic turnout at these games, with chil­dren, teenagers and fam­i­lies tak­ing part in 40 free soc­cer events in four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in west Cairns.”

Sergeant Goan said the idea was to get kids ac­tive and play- ing sport at a young age to give them

“It’s a long-term vi­sion. Youth bore­dom is cer­tainly an is­sue, but the broader mes­sage is in­clu­sion, and that’s what we’re hop­ing to get by ex­pand­ing the num­bers,” he said.

“Over­all, the long-term ben­e­fits are car­ry­ing that com­mu­nity en­gage­ment into ado­les­cence.”

The Safer Streets pro­gram re­cently suc­cess­fully ap­plied to the coun­cil to put up soc­cer goals at Shang Park (Mooroo­bool) and Pumeri Park (Ma­nunda).

Street Soc­cer co-or­di­na­tor Javier Suarez said they were look­ing for more part­ner­ships to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“At the mo­ment, we’re part­nered with the Tigers, but we’d like to get more clubs in­volved” he said.

“We’re look­ing to find a club and an­other school to sup­port us down south.”

Street Soc­cer is played af­ter school ev­ery Tues­day at West Cairns State School at Ma­nunda and ev­ery Fri­day at Shang Park at Mooroo­bool.

Games will start at Rav­izza Park at Ed­mon­ton on Mon­day, April 30.

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

GAME ON: Shukuru Nsen­giyumva, Darpin Subba and Ar­ish Subba play street soc­cer at Cairns West State School as part of the Safestreets pro­gram.

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