Family praises footy clinic

A DAVOREN Park family is celebrating the benefits of being physically active thanks to a free introductory-level football clinic held by the Port Adelaide Football Club recently.

Brianah-Marie Kemp and her five children were all involved in the six-week football program, conducted by the Power in partnership with the Roger Rasheed Foundation and Playford Council.

The program was held at the Secombe Street Reserve, Elizabeth Grove, and aimed to introduce children living in disadvantaged areas to sport and physical activity.

Ms Kemp said she and her kids took two separate buses each week, for six weeks, just to attend the clinic.

“It gets us out of the house,” she said.

“The kids are mingling with other kids so they’re getting social benefits, as well as fitness benefits, and it helps build their self-esteem.

“It’s a great way to support something which my kids are very enthusiastic about.”

Port Adelaide player Sam Powell-Pepper and high-profile tennis coach Roger Rasheed were on hand to meet the children on the final day of the program earlier last month.

Powell-Pepper, 20, said getting the opportunity to play football with the kids and teach them new skills is something he really relishes.

“I was in their shoes when I was younger, I never really had an AFL team or players come out to where I was,” he said.

“To see them with big smiles on their faces – they love it.”

Port Adelaide Football Club youth programs manager Jake Battifuoco said the program is about developing important personal and social skills, which can be used in other areas of life.

“We’ve had a long-standing involvement with community programs in the northern suburbs which focus around well-being, resilience, health, cultural awareness and providing skills, and tools, to succeed in schooling and post-school as well,” he said.

Ms Kemp said her kids were sad to see the clinic end, so she’s already put the steps in place to give them their football fix.

“On the last day they asked me why they weren’t allowed to come anymore,” she said.

“Now, they’re going to be doing Auskick and I’ve already spoken to Playford Council about running the program next year, so the kids can be part of it once again.”

Playford Council contributed $300,000 to the redevelopment of the Secombe Street Reserve in 2016 with a long-term goal of providing a safe place for locals to participate in sport.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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