After school footy program kicking goals

The Willagee Night Fields football program is kicking goals once again in Willagee having started another term on Wednesday, 27 July 2016, giving young people in the area a regular after school activity to look forward to.

In 2015, the City of Melville and WA Football Commission (WAFC) formed a partnership to deliver after school football to young people living in the suburb of Willagee, and following the success of the original pilot, the program has now run for 12 months as part of the WAFC’s existing Night Fields program, with netball also being played.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the Night Fields program encouraged young people to join a local football or netball club, participate in a positive activity and enjoy opportunities to play in various football clinics or carnivals run by the WAFC.

“The WAFC has also arranged for the kids to tour the Dockers’ rooms at Fremantle Oval, play in the Auskick halftime game at Domain Stadium and compete with other teams from across the south west metro region at Fremantle Oval, all wonderful opportunities for any child to have,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“It is wonderful to see children of all ages attending the after school program regularly with so much enthusiasm and in a fun, supportive environment that also gives them access to local clubs and community support agencies such as Police & Community Youth Centre, Headspace and Koya Aboriginal Corporation.

Night Fields also responds to the Melville community’s aspiration for Health and Wellbeing as identified in the Strategic Community Plan, and answers various needs of our young people including Sport and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing and Relationships, as indicated by Directions from Young People - a guiding document for the City, put together by our young people.”

While the program is a partnership between the City of Melville and the WAFC who liaise with local sporting associations and clubs, Night Fields is also supported by members of the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum, who assist in the promotion, referrals and delivery of the program.

Night Fields is a free program available to boys and girls aged 6 to 16 years old living or studying in the City of Melville, on Wednesday afternoons at Winnacott Oval Willagee and usually runs for six weeks during a school term.

For more information, please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/youth or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.