United in achiev­ing its goals

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport -

FROM seven years of per­sis­tence, a soc­cer pro­gram for Abo­rig­i­nal youths has grown into a multi-sport hub in Koon­doola and one of the north­ern suburbs’ most im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­sets.

The Ed­mund Rice Cen­tre’s Banksia United Abo­rig­i­nal Mul­tisport Pro­gram be­gan as a soc­cer team in 2011, but this week­end marks its of­fi­cial re­launch as some­thing much big­ger.

One of its most re­cent ini­tia­tives was six weeks of swim­ming train­ing with Royal Life Sav­ing, which at­tracted 32 par­tic­i­pants.

It is a big leap from the pro­gram’s early days of weekly Satur­day soc­cer ses­sions.

Co-or­di­na­tor Achol Madong ex­plained they now in­tro­duced a new sport ev­ery six to eight weeks.

Chil­dren have ac­cess to a bus pick-up ser­vice or­gan­ised through a part­ner­ship with Re­la­tion­ships Aus­tralia.

“The pro­gram re­launch is a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to wit­ness the tal­ent and skill that our par­tic­i­pants have demon­strated through­out the pro­gram,” she said.

“Most im­por­tantly, it is a chance for the par­tic­i­pants and the com­mu­nity to learn about the his­tory of Banksia United and the im­pact it has had on fam­i­lies, the com­mu­nity, and the staff and vol­un­teers.”

Chil­dren from the Banksia United soc­cer team.

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