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Sporting Schools football a roaring success in remote Australia


Image: Doomadgee State School students at their Sporting Schools ALDI MiniRoos session.

Brisbane Roar have taken ALDI MiniRoos football to one of the most remote parts of Australia as part of the Sporting Schools program.

The Roar’s Active Program Coach Andy Cosier needed two flights to travel the 2200km from Brisbane to run a Sporting Schools initiative at Doomadgee State School.

The Far North West Queensland school is an hour’s flight from Mount Isa and the 300 pupils are predominantly from the Gangalidda, Garrawa and Waanyi first peoples of Australia.

Cosier ran football clinics for the kids using ALDI MiniRoos balls with many of the students turning up barefoot to play.

School Principal Paula Mcguire said: “The students, staff and the community of Doomadgee were delighted with the success of the program and the levels of engagement shown by all involved. 

“The energy, commitment and positivity Andy brought to the program was fantastic providing us with a great platform to really push the soccer program at Doomadgee.

“It has been wonderful to see our students engage in a new sport and one that is not commonly played in this community.”

Roar and Football Federation Australia (FFA) left gifts of balls, boots and shirts for the children to use in their PE sessions.

Cosier added: “The Sporting school initiative to get kids active in sports like football has been a great success.

“Getting it out to remote areas, has been difficult but I had a chance to get the beautiful game out to one of the remotest places in Queensland. 

“This was an exciting experience and the children all really enjoyed themselves.”

Brisbane Roar are one of the Hyundai A-League clubs offering schools the opportunity to provide a structured football program that is run by their own highly skilled coaches.

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run an ALDI MiniRoos program at your school? Check out all the details on the Football Federation Australia page.