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How football became a class act

July 26th, 2021

A reinvigorated program to take our great sport direct to local school playgrounds is set to rollout across the North Coast Football area.
And the timing couldn’t be better, with interest surging on the back of the Matildas and Olyroos bright opening at the Tokyo Olympics.
The ‘Sporting Schools’ program has been about for some time but was previously run by the A League franchises, who were hard pressed to organise enough coaches to implement the scheme, in our case, over a large geographical area.
Football Australia is now running the show – and is keen to make an impact on the North Coast.
Alex Lowe, Junior Programs Officer – Mini Roos and Sporting Schools (NNSW) – explains how it works.
“It can run for four weeks, with weekly sessions, or up to 10 weeks if schools want to go for an entire term,” Alex said.
The program is aimed at children from Kindergarten through to Year 8 – and each session is built around game-based learning with skills coaching components.
Best of all – it’s affordable. Schools can apply for support through Sport Australia or self-fund.
Successful schools can also select from one of two options:
* Coach-delivered programs in the NCF area by FA Participation Officers Helen Moseley and Brett Hodgekiss; or
* A school teacher-delivered model, where teachers are provided with resources and training modules.
“It’s all about building an interest in football – and we already have a school at Bellingen which looks promising,” Alex said.
“If the kids really enjoy the program then we’ll try and link them with a local club.”
Already the biggest sport on the North Coast, football is going all out to nurture the grassroots and bring the code to the classroom.
Schools which would like to find out more can email Alex at
Image: Helen Moseley and Brett Hodgekiss.

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