Football West has partnered with the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) to provide a program designed to encourage young indigenous children in the Mid West to play football.
Held between December 18 and 21 at Alexander Park in Geraldton, the Soccer for Change program will provide children aged between 12 and 17 the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game through skill-based games and activities.
Participants will also play in a World Cup-style soccer tournament on the final day of the program.
The Soccer for Change initiative was inspired by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology student Tim Flicker and embraced by WACRH director Dr Sandra Thompson.
Football West has partnered with WACRH, Geraldton Aboriginal Sporting Corporation and the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service to bring the program to life.
Football West Mid West Administration Officer Tanya Amazzini said the program provides a great avenue to introduce indigenous communities throughout the Mid West to different sports.
“The whole reason behind the program is to expose young Indigenous kids to soccer and make it more accessible for them,” she said.
WACRH research assistant Lenny Papertalk told the Geraldton Guardian the program will encourage indigenous kids to enjoy the sport, meet new friends and learn new skills.
The Soccer for Change sign-on day will be held at the Stowe Gardens youth precinct on November 25. The program is free of charge for all participants.