Award for footy of­fi­cer

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Roe­bourne po­lice of­fi­cer has been recog­nised for his com­mit­ment to run­ning a pop­u­lar foot­ball youth en­gage­ment pro­gram within the com­mu­nity.

Sergeant Steve Taylor re­ceived a joint award from the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion and PCYC at a small cer­e­mony in Roe­bourne this month, which was also at­tended by WAFC chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Taylor, for his role in start­ing up the Night Fields foot­ball pro­gram in Roe­bourne and um­pir­ing weekly games.

Sgt Taylor, who has served at the Roe­bourne sta­tion for more than two years, said he was proud to be part of Night Fields, which had been pop­u­lar ever since it started in town, draw­ing 20 to 40 chil­dren to games each week.

“I just think it breaks down the gap be­tween po­lice and the kids and it builds a bit more rap­port and un­der­stand­ing,” he said.

“It lets them know we’re avail­able to talk to them about any­thing.”

WAFC pro­gram Night Fields has been held in Roe­bourne since last May, sev­eral months af­ter it was rolled out in Kar­ratha, in part­ner­ship with the PCYC.

It gives chil­dren aged six-17 the chance to play free, struc­tured matches in town ev­ery Fri­day night, and in Roe­bourne it has also in­volved sev­eral games be­tween lo­cal chil­dren and po­lice.

Roe­bourne PCYC cen­tre manger Sa­man­tha Corn­th­waite said the cen­tre and the WAFC had cre­ated the award to thank Sgt Taylor for hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on Roe­bourne youth.

Pic­ture: Face­book/Pil­bara District Po­lice

Roe­bourne po­lice Sergeant Steve Taylor re­ceives an award for his con­tri­bu­tion to the Night Fields pro­gram.

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