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Youngsters in the Warburton Aboriginal Community Central Desert Lands – Football program in action. Photos supplied

Warburton youngsters having a ball

Football West News

Football West recently donated around 60 footballs and other equipment to a community program in the Gold Fields – and they are clearly being put to good use.

Police and community youth workers began the Warburton Aboriginal Community Central Desert Lands – Football program this year, with more than 30 youngsters joining in by the end of the first session.

However, it immediately became clear that they had a shortage of equipment – their supplies consisting of “a set of steel welded heavy goalposts, one soccer ball, four netballs, about 20 cones and two sets of ad hoc bibs”.

So Brevet Senior Sergeant Kevin Taylor of Warburton Police approached Football West Inclusive Participation Officer Gordon Duus for assistance, who put together the package.

“The kids loved having a ball each – we are working our sessions based on the ALDI MiniRoos program in that each kid needs to be involved and engaged,” Sen Sgt Taylor said.

“Having the balls made that so much easier and more enjoyable for the kids.”

Football West would also like to recognise the contribution of Gosnells City, who were was responsible for a significant donation which has supported a number of community initiatives including this one.