United in achieving its goals
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.