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Bringing soccer to Indigenous kids in Darwin

Date posted: 29 March 2012

Indigenous youth in Darwin recently participated in the Johnny Warren Football Foundation's largest ever soccer camp.

The Foundation held Indigenous program camps at Bagot and Kormilda College last weekend.

The Foundation focuses on introducing soccer to underprivileged youth around Australia, and its recent visit to Darwin saw it reach out to communities in the Top End for the first time. Working with its community partner, Coerver Coaching Australia, and with the help of the Indigenous Soccer Academy (ISA), the Foundation delivered the camp to around 350 children over both days at Bagot Community (Saturday) and Kormilda College (Sunday).

Speaking before the camps, Darwin's Bobby Wright, director of ISA, said he couldn't wait for the Foundation to visit Darwin. He said he saw the clinics as a way to improve the lives of many youngsters in the area.

'Engaging children is one of the most important factors in creating tomorrow's leaders,' Wright said.

'Soccer is used to inspire youngsters to choose constructive pathways for themselves and we will be providing participants of all ages, ability, and gender, the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.'

Source: ntnews


Last updated: 29 March 2012
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