Kimberley kids sport green and gold jerseys thanks to donation from Scarborough Football Club

Cain AndrewsBroome Advertiser
Garnduwa Auskick participants in Noonkanbah Community, showing off their new jerseys.
Camera IconGarnduwa Auskick participants in Noonkanbah Community, showing off their new jerseys. Credit: Supplied

Children participating in Garnduwa’s Auskick program are now sporting green and gold for their games and training sessions thanks to a donation of junior football jerseys from Scarborough Junior Football Club.

The club donated seven sets of football jumpers which Garnduwa Kimberley Spirit Program co-ordinator Ben De Meo said had been put to good use.

“Scarborough donated over 100 jerseys in total,” he said.

“They will be used more in our remote communities and our towns across the region with the junior footy set-ups we have out there.

“We will use them for our active communities programs across the Kimberley and when running Auskick in remote communities.

“Its very different up here. There’s no proper junior footy apart from in Broome, so our staff run little training sessions for the juniors and some scratch matches once a week and they do Auskick in the remote communities as well.”

Mr De Meo said the jerseys had encouraged more kids to come down to training and matches to check the sport out.

“The staff out in Fitzroy Crossing have mentioned that there’s a few more kids coming down to suss out the new jerseys as wel,l which is good,” he said.

“The new jumpers makes them all feel a part of a team. They get down there and they’ve got all these nice flash jerseys to put on.”

The donation came about after Mr De Meo organised for one of the boys from the Kimberley Spirit Program to train with the Scarborough Junior Football Club while he was in Perth studying at TAFE.

“While he was down there, he wanted to train with someone so I got in touch with Scarborough and they let him come down and train during his TAFE block,” he said.

“About a month after that they called me up and asked if we would be keen to take all their jerseys and we just jumped on them.”

Garnduwa helps deliver Auskick and football programs to remote communities across the Kimberley to help children from pre-primary to Year 3 get involved with the sport.

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