The ALDI MiniRoos for Girls and ALDI MiniRoos program went to the North West Coast of Tasmania last week when Football Federation Tasmania Women’s Development Officer, Holly-Lace Ayton visited Latrobe Primary School, Stanley Primary School and Forest Primary School.
Around 80 Grade 5 and 6 students from Latrobe Primary School enjoyed taking part in a series of small-sided games designed to encourage participation fun.
Ayton said that she hoped these sessions could be a gateway to further engagement in the game,
“We were lucky on Wednesday, the sun was shining and the kids were really engaged with the sessions. A few of the kids talked about Devonport Strikers and the Devonport Association, that three or four of them play in and hopefully that can encourage others to join them in getting involved with football.”
She added that the rise in prominence of the Women’s National side was something that stood out.
“They were very excited to learn more about the Westfield Matildas at the end of the session. It’s great that the players participating in these sessions have these idols to look up to with the Matildas going from strength to strength.”
On Thursday, the rain forced the session indoors but that didn’t prevent over 90 grade 3 and 4 students participating in football relays, small-sided games and engaged in football conversations.
Latrobe Primary School HPE Teacher Sally Jackson was effusive in her praise of the visit.
It was fabulous to have Holly visit our school and deliver skills and activities for our grades 3-6. She is a natural with primary school aged children, we benefited from the her professional tips as she obviously knows the game inside and out. We hope to invite her back again soon.”
On Friday, Forest Primary School and Stanley Primary School had over 150 students take part in the ALDI MiniRoos for Girls Program.
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