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Players from Edmund Rice Centre with Special Projects Team Leader Joe Moniodis
Common bond at Banksia Centre
Football West News
Football West’s recent visit to the Banksia Detention Centre saw the Edmund Rice Common Goal Academy play against some of the young men.
Edmund Rice Centre Special Projects Team Leader Joe Moniodis and his players took part in a round-robin tournament with three teams made up of players from Banksia.
It was part of the weekly Football West program at the detention centre run by coaches Garry Church and Pete Bliss.
Church said: “All the games were very competitive but played in great spirit. The Common Goal players were the overall winners.”
The Football West program is in its second year and now involves 16 players aged between 12-18 from Banksia.
Church added: “It’s great that the numbers of players from Banksia involved in the project are increasing and it’s a great outlet for the youngsters.”
A Banksia Centre spokesman said the Football West program was a weekly highlight.
He said: “Banksia has a diverse multicultural cohort who benefit from engagement in a wide range of sporting pursuits and activities beyond the mainstream sports. Over the last two years participation in the football program has been consistent in welcoming many novice players to the game, often identifying amazing athletic potential and ability supported by an encouraging environment.
“The progression in skills development, commitment to the program and adherence to expected behaviour, conduct and discipline standards has provided a positive outlet for the young men to burn energy, participate in a social or competitive activity and express themselves as part of their ongoing personal development.
“The football program has built up some keen interest thanks to the engagement of Football West and their facilitators attending each week with strong relationships formed and a positive mentoring environment provided for all program participants.
“Opportunities for the young men to hone their match skills through competitive challenge fixtures with Edmund Rice Common Goal Academy further support the ongoing development of social skills and along the way many life skills become part of the team and individual experience enriching the lives of all involved.
“The young people at Banksia are very enthusiastic about the weekly Football West Program session and welcome each and every opportunity to play external matches against visiting teams in the WA community.”