Community development spreads to Merredin
- Thursday, 08 May 2014
Subiaco have completed another successful re-engagement program trip with 18 boys from the Balga system visiting Merredin over the weekend.
The group of indigenous footballers visited the country zone for the weekender as further activity in Subiaco’s community engagement.
Club community programs manager Neil Arnold was happy with the excursion; both in terms of the boys conduct and performance.
“The trip was a positive re-engagement for the boys and a reward for those who demonstrated the ability to meet attendance and behavior goals. There’s been a real improvement with the boys involved in the program and I’m really happy with how things are going,” said Arnold
The Subiaco Football clubs’ main goal with the program is to teach young aboriginal men to cooperate and display leadership through football.
“The boys learnt a lot about themselves on the trip. They had to look after themselves, develop solid teamwork and establish leadership. It was one of the first times that the group of boys had played together so it was pleasing to see them come together.”
With the program in its fourth year of existence Subi’s goals are always heightening and Neil Arnold believes there’s been a real change in attitude amongst those involved.
“There’s definitely been a change in the mentality of the kids that go through the program. It’s evident that their attitudes towards school and football are improving and their attitudes towards their peers are too.”
“We are hoping to continue this upward progress and make the trip to Merredin an annual occurance.”
Merredin slightly eclipsed our Balga boys by seven points; which is a massive improvement from a football perspective compared to last year which was a one sided affair in favour of Merredin.
League midfielder Jason Bristow was influential on the trip acting as coach and mentor for the young footballers.