Free kick for fam­i­lies

Roma Soc­cer is let­ting kids play free of charge for open­ing week­end

The Western Star - - SPORT - Joshua Macree [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

SOC­CER: Roma Dis­trict Ju­nior Soc­cer is award­ing a free kick to par­ents this week­end, with reg­is­tra­tion fees be­ing sent to the bench for the open­ing round of fix­tures at Noel Kerr Oval on Satur­day.

Club pres­i­dent Tyson Golder said the scheme – to waive fees for the first week­end – was a great way to let chil­dren fall in love with the game be­fore guardians were asked to pay mem­ber­ship.

“If you’re not sure whether your kids will en­joy it, just get them to come down and have a go,” he said.

“The num­ber one thing I’d like to see is kids go home af­ter hav­ing some fun, which is what it’s all about.

“I re­ally be­lieve we need to keep as many sports go­ing in the Mara­noa as pos­si­ble and soc­cer is great in that it is open to ev­ery­one of dif­fer­ent skill lev­els.

“Soc­cer is very in­clu­sive and one of the num­ber-one things I en­cour­age is sports­man­ship – that we have fun and treat ev­ery­one with re­spect.”

The sea­son will wrap up around the Septem­ber school hol­i­days, with games oc­cur­ring ev­ery week­end ex­cept for school hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.

Adding to an ex­cit­ing sea­son ahead, the club is busy sched­ul­ing a set of home and away friendly matches against St Ge­orge, which Mr Golder is ex­cited about.

“I think the kids are re­ally go­ing to en­joy those games against a dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tion.” he said.

The un­der-6s and un­der-8s will play first at 1pm, with un­der-11s at 2pm fol­lowed by the un­der-16s hy­brid game at 3pm, which will fea­ture a smat­ter­ing of adults to make things in­ter­est­ing.

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

GAME ON: Roma Ju­nior Soc­cer pres­i­dent Tyson Golder is ex­cited for the sea­son kick-off.

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