Over the last eight weeks, Football NSW and Western Sydney Wanderers FC have come together to deliver the first ALDI MiniRoos Kinder Kick-Off program at Bright Achievers Early Learning Centre in Glenwood.
This foundation program has been established to introduce preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5 to football in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Each week, participants engage in a 45-minute session that fosters the development of basic football skills including dribbling, shooting and ball control.
It also contributes in a general sense to their coordination, social skills, and of course their health and well-being.
Most importantly, it’s fun and inclusive for all with football themed activities run and organised by accredited Football NSW coaches.
Working together and in support of the initiative, the Wanderers made a surprise visit on the final day of the program with their Match-Day mascots, Sunny and Wesley.
Undoubtedly putting a smile on the kids faces as they received their ALDI MiniRoos participants pack that includes a Wanderers’ Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League team boot bag, football, shin pads, water bottle and sticker.
While Bright Achievers Early Learning Centre received a delivery kit which consisted of balls, bibs, cones and goals as a legacy gift for their commitment to the program.
Football NSW’s Game Development Officer for MiniRoos Cameron Whitton expressed his delight with the new program.
“Football NSW’s MiniRoos Kinder Kick-Off Program allows preschoolers to enjoy the fun of football by participating in activities that deliver physical, social and cognitive health benefits in an inclusive environment.
“Part of the programs forward thinking is that children will gain a path to health and well-being through physical activity and football.”
Blacktown District Soccer Football Association have since provided further playing opportunities to interested participants.
Keep a lookout as the Kinder Kick-Off program is coming to a preschool near you!
For more info or to book your own program contact [email protected]
By Tim Blackford