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South Coast Baptist visit Banksia Hill

Football West News

South Coast Baptist College became the latest team to play against the youngsters from Banksia Hill when they visited the detention centre recently.

The match was part of an ongoing Football West-Banksia Hill program and finished all-square.

Football West Development Officer Garry Church said both groups got plenty out of the visit.

“It was a warm day for football but credit to the young men of Banksia and South Coast Baptist players,” he said.

“The game was played in great spirit and sportsmanship, with both teams having plenty of opportunities to score. However some superb performances by both goalkeepers and defenders ensured the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

“Other than the footballing experience the South Coast Baptist players got an opportunity to chat and socialise with the players of Banksia Hill Detention Centre after the game over a lunch, which was kindly provided by Banksia Detention Centre. The players established that they share and do the same things like education, play Xbox and, of course, watch football on TV.

“The Banksia players train every Thursday afternoon throughout the year with Football West and you can see the interest is growing, with participation numbers slowly increasing.”

Football West Development Officer Garry Church with some of the Pro Futsal Centre staff team

The South Coast Baptist match followed a visit to Banksia Hill by a Football West side and a Pro Futsal Centre staff team.

Church added: “On that occasion the matches were played in the gym where there was a round-robin of futsal games.

“Having Pro Futsal Centre visit Banksia proved to be a real eye opener for some of the young men of Banksia, especially with Nesta Fonseca showing off his outrageous moves to retain the ball and beat players without a sweat.

“It is great that we have had the opportunity to take it all kinds of different teams into Banksia Detention Centre. They are greatly appreciated and received by the young men and staff there, so thanks to South Coast Baptist College, Pro Futsal Centre and the staff of Football West for giving up their time to make these games happen.”

Banksia Hill is the only detention centre for offenders aged 10 to 17 years in Western Australia. It accommodates young males and females from all over the State.