15,000 participants find glory in soccer
Image: Students at Maddington Primary School participate in the program run by Perth Glory.
Perth Glory’s Sporting School Program has continued to engage kids across Western Australia, delivering football programs to 15,000 participants last year.
In Term 3 2017, Perth Glory Football Club were given the opportunity to work with the education support centre at Maddington Primary School. The South Perth school is a facility for children diagnosed with an intellectual or intellectual/physical disability.
The four week Sporting School Program was designed to improve the participants’ physical, behavioural and communication skills, whilst also instilling a fun component to all activities.
There was a focus on core techniques such as dribbling, passing and shooting, with the main objective to challenge and enhance the motor skills and physical development of the participants.
Perth Glory’s Community and Development Coach Ross Millard said he delivered over 20 Sporting School Programs in Term 3, but Maddington proved to be a standout.
“It was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience,” Millard said.
“To be able to teach kids football who haven’t had the opportunity to play on a regular basis, and are unable to perform certain skills was a great moment for me.
“Every single one of them showed enthusiasm, with big smiles on their faces.”
Perth Glory is one of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League Clubs offering Schools the opportunity to engage in a structured football program. The program is designed to promote fun and inclusion, whilst introducing participants to new skills and small sided games. Perth Glory has introduced ticket initiatives allowing Sporting Schools participants to attend A-League games and become fans of football!