Coach sees sport mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

South Western Times - - Sport -

Marist Ju­nior Foot­ball Club is one of sev­eral ju­nior clubs in the re­gion keen to pro­mote in­clu­sion and fun for all its play­ers.

Even after their 2018 Year 9 team com­pleted their third un­de­feated sea­son as a group, hum­ble coach Frank Ital­iano be­lieves see­ing the play­ers grow on and off the field is the most sat­is­fy­ing part of coach­ing them.

“They are bril­liant young men,” he said.

“We had a few boys with a lot of is­sues off the field with a tougher up­bring­ing.

“But they’ve been able to come along, put it all aside and keep play­ing.

“Some of the kids have re­ally turned their lives around. They are not in trou­ble and they are go­ing to school.

“We’ve seen de­vel­op­ment in all of them and they are great kids.”

Ital­iano be­lieves the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of his ses­sions not only keeps the play­ers en­gaged, but it has helped with their de­vel­op­ment.

“Ev­ery­thing is com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

“They com­pete non-stop and I be­lieve that’s why they are good. We com­pete from the warm ups to the end of the train­ing.

“They com­pete against each other and push each other to the limit.”

Five mem­bers of the Year 9 squad have played across all three un­de­feated sea­sons – Brock Kenny, Josh Smith, Judd Churcher, Sam Ital­iano and Lachie Em­mott.

Marist’s at­ti­tude to pro­mot­ing in­clu­sion fol­lows on from re­cent re­marks made in Bun­bury by Min­is­ter for Sport and Re­cre­ation Mick Mur­ray, who be­lieves sport is a great way to re­duce anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Mem­bers of Marist Ju­nior Foot­ball Club's "Orig­i­nal Five" - Brock Kenny, Josh Smith, Judd Churcher, Sam Ital­iano and Lachie Em­mott.

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