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Football West Development Officers were across the State on the weekend with Smarter Than Smoking programs held in Port Hedland, Esperance Geraldton and Busselton.

Inclusive Development Officer Elmi Ali headed north for a three-day visit to Port Hedland, Development Officer Garry Church was on the south coast in Esperance for four days, while Development Officer Annie Leyland headed to Busselton and Geraldton Administrative Officer Tanya Amazzini continued her work in the Mid West.

On Friday Ali ran a Smarter Than Smoking soccer development program with three schools – St Cecilia Catholic Primary School, Cassia Primary School and Baler Primary School – before a huge day on Saturday when around 150 children attended trials held by the Hedland Junior Soccer Association.

Sunday was another busy day with the ALDI MiniRoos children out in good numbers.

“We had 14 family members at the MiniRoos who are wanting to become coaches,” Ali said.

“It was excellent. It went really well and was very smooth. The association was on top of everything and I’d like to thank Tony Butler, the manager facilities with the Town of Port Headland, who was involved across the board.

“One thing they do suffer from is a shortage of volunteers and coaches – one club president also coaches three different teams. So anyone who can get involved, I know it would be greatly appreciated.”

There was a similar show of support in the south, with our visit coinciding with the start of the Esperance Soccer Association season.

“There were school visits on Thursday and Friday, then on Friday night we did work with parents who are new to the game and who will be coaching the ALDI MiniRoos youngsters,” Church said.

“Then on the Saturday there were more coaching sessions with the children, before the season kicked off on Sunday. There were a few teams without coaches so I helped them out, and I also assisted the parents who came to the MiniRoos program on the Friday to see how they were getting on.”

During his four days Church was at the Esperance Anglican Community School to work with their Smarter Than Smoking Country Camp squad, who will play in the Country Schools competition.

He also visited Esperance Primary School, Nulsen Primary School and Castletown Primary School.

Church added: “It was a good few days. The children really enjoyed it and the parents were keen to get involved. I’d also like to thank Stacey Searle, who’s the vice-president of the association, for helping the visit run so smoothly.”

In Busselton there were a lot of first-timers who got on board with the MiniRoos.

“There were quite a few teachers, as well as parents and coaches from local clubs,” Leyland said.

There were 14 in all and for a lot of them it was their first coaching certificate.

“They were really enthusiastic and they said it was good to have that information as it made them more confident going back to their teams,” Leyland added.

Details of our next ALDI MiniRoos courses:

Date: May 12, 2018

Time: 09:00am – 11:00am

Venue: Britannia Reserve Clubrooms, Britannia Reserve, Mount Hawthorn 6016

Register: http://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/Entry/?EID=18496

Date: May 12, 2018

Time: 08:30am – 10:30am

Venue: Ellenbrook Sports Hub, 107 Verbana Dr, Aveley 6069

Register: http://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/Entry/?EID=18300