Football was the talk of the day as the Premier’s Sporting Challenge took place at Dapto High School on Friday 24th of November.
Football NSW Development Officer Lauren Moore represented the round ball game alongside six other sports in AFL, Golf, Netball, Rugby League, Tennis and Cricket as Figtree, Corrimal, Oak Flats and Kanahooka schools also joined in on the action.
All students were given a brief introduction about the day with their teachers introducing all the sports on offer along with their corresponding development officers.
Students from years 7 to 10 with groups of 15-25 pupils all took part in the festival of sport as each participant mixed it up with different partners from differing schools.
Football South Coast Technical Director Jonathan Forster was also present as he shared his knowledge on the game and engaged with the students from his local community.
The students were put through a variety of set drills and skills based upon the fundamentals of first touch, running with the ball, striking the ball and 1v1 scenarios.
These included; Warm up – head catch, passing practice – gates dribble, gladiator game, Game Training – 1v1 scenarios and small sided games.
Moore was impressed with the quality of football on the day but more importantly saw first-hand how popular the ‘world game’ was against all the other codes.
“I was really impressed with how the day unfolded but could sense how excited each student was when trying out our sport of football.
“In what were tough conditions against the heat, we made sure the students were hydrated and stopped for rest and drink breaks throughout the sessions.
“The students rotated through each of their areas and were given explanations of each activity that was set up.
“Overall the students had a great day doing what they enjoy the most and that was playing football.”