The Border Watch : May 22nd 2014
30 SOCCER VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MiniRoos program makes huge impact IN four short weeks the Western Border Soccer Association MiniRoos program has made a huge impact on the local sporting landscape. The MiniRoos program, a national football initiative of the Football Federation of Australia, was rolled out in Mount Gambier in early April and has seen a rapid increase in participants and supporters. The WBSA MiniRoos program is based in Mount Gambier with plans for the program to be rolled out across the Limestone Coast. “We are delighted that the program has resonated with many local families and clubs,” WBSA CEO Andy Shoemark said. “Our vision is for all local towns to have the opportunity to be part of the program and in doing so, join the Football Family. “MiniRoos is played IN THE GAME: Leticia Williamson of Apollo contributed well in the MiniRoos for Girls game. on a smaller pitch with reduced numbers and locally, due to the fact that our games take place at one central location and that the draw is conducted weekly based on the needs of WBSA MiniRoos Foundation clubs, we can add additional teams to cater for the need if it arises.” Blue Lake Soccer Club, Apollo Soccer Club, The Gambier City Sharks and Gambier Centrals compete weekly in the three MiniRoos competitions and host each other at their club when their grounds and facilities are free on Sunday, traditionally game day in the Western Border. “Local clubs were keen to support a well organised and resourced program and that is exactly what we have,” Shoemark said. “Each week over 100 juniors under the age of nine take part and compete for their local club, in their clubs colours against other MiniRoos teams. “All four sides have Under 7 and Under 9 teams, while the MiniRoos for Girls is prgoram still looking for additional players. “At this point all clubs have girls, however we would love to see more girls come out and get involved. FOOT RACE: Centrals’ Freddie Muller and Rafael Rigopoulis from Apollo sprint for the ball. 30 - The Border Watch, Thursday, May 22, 2014 “The girls program is four a side and we currently have four teams in the competition. “The development of MiniRoos for Girls will LONG BALL: Jayden Prior looks to clear the ball. Photos courtesy Eliza Cole and Scott Dickson FULL FLIGHT: Max Lawson clears the ball down the field. assist the SEWFA and we all have a responsibility to develop the women’s game. “MiniRoos for girls is a national initiative that we are delighted to support, it has the potential to provide great opportunities for local girls to get involved in The World Game.” South East Women’s Football Association president Terry Ray is delighted with the potential that the local brand of MiniRoos has to further develop women’s football across the region and is pleased that MiniRoos for girls will provide additional opportunities for girls. “SEWFA has a short, but proud history,” Ray said. “I am pleased that the WBSA is supporting the development of the game at a local level and am looking forward to the impact and participation that MiniRoos will have. “Locally the SEWFA junior development squad has been catering for junior girls for several years and the MiniRoos for girls program will provide even more opportunities for girls to play. “I would like to encourage all interested girls to get involved in this program, to play football and join an all girls team at their local club.” Technical director of the WBSA Scott Dickson said the association wanted to provide the opportunity for children in the region to find their place among a variety of options now available. “It is very important that locally our girls and boys have a chance to get involved by playing in mixed teams or forming boys or girlsonly teams with their friends,” he said. “The idea that a girl or boy can create their own team with a handful of friends at a local club and play each Sunday is pretty cool.” This week the local MiniRoos venue is at Blue Lake Soccer Club and Dickson is keen for anyone to come out and have a look. “Each week it is free to come out and watch and I would encourage anyone who is interested to bring their kids out on Sunday for a look,” he said. “All clubs would be more than happy to cater for the needs of new kids and the best thing about the model is that it caters for expansion. “The proof really is in the pudding, come and have a look I’m sure you will not be disappointed.” To find out where you child can play MiniRoos visit the website or contact the Western Border Soccer Association.
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