Swans launch Star­kick

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Warn­bro Swans Foot­ball Club are set to help pave the way for dis­abled youth look­ing for a way into sport, as the club pre­pares to launch its own Star­kick pro­gram.

Star­kick, which was founded in 2015 by the Cool­binia Bombers Junior Foot­ball Club, is open to all chil­dren aged five to 12 with any type of dis­abil­ity.

Swans in­te­grated vice-pres­i­dent Wayne Hunt said the club was proud to make the big step of open­ing up the pro­gram, with the mantra “if you want to play we’ll find a way”, a core tenet for help­ing dis­abled youth.

“It’s a great thing the club is do­ing, the dif­fer­ence play­ing foot­ball makes in their lives is price­less,” Mr Hunt said.

“They are out there get­ting fit, learn­ing lead­er­ship skills and once they put a jumper on it makes all the dif­fer­ence: they are out there play­ing a sport they love and watch their he­roes play on TV.”

The club al­ready runs a suc­cess­ful in­te­grated pro­gram which sees play­ers aged 16 and up play­ing foot­ball.

Mr Hunt said the Star­kick pro­gram, which is in­cor­po­rated with the NAB AFL Aus­kick pro­gram, would act as a path­way for the younger play­ers to tran­si­tion into the in­te­grated side fur­ther down the track.

“I’ve seen kids in in­te­grated that hide be­hind their par­ents when they first come in but by the end of the sea­son they’ve grown in con­fi­dence,” he said.

“It’s all pos­i­tive; it gives par­ents some respite too and they can also come down and make new friends.

“For the kids to be able to be part of the com­mu­nity like they haven’t done be­fore is just awe­some.”

On April 26 a Star­kick in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held at the Swans’ Clu­b­rooms on Okehampton Road from 6pm.

In­ter­ested par­ents and chil­dren are en­cour­aged to attend.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Warn­bro Swans In­te­grated Foot­ball vice-pres­i­dent Wayne Hunt and Linda Boul­ton from Warn­bro Phar­macy.

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