- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 August 2013
Photo: A gathering of young footballers at the Showgrounds for the annual Gala Day [PlessPix]
More than 200 students from schools in southern Tasmania participated in a gala day at the Royal Showgrounds on Tuesday.
Sixteen schools participated in the five-a-side competition organised by Football Federation Tasmania in conjunction with the Southern primary School Sports Association.
Photo: Anthony Alexander with the coaching book which was the prize for the ball juggling competition [PlessPix]
“Schools from Huonville to Brighton to South Arm and everything in between were involved in a day of football fun,” said Anthony Alexander, FFT’s Southern Development Officer.
The participants were from years 5 and 6, with the highest female participation of the event since its formation three years ago, with 50% of the participants being female.
Photo: The kids in the swing of things [PlessPix]
Games kicked off at 10am and went until 2pm in one of the biggest primary school participation events on the junior sporting calendar.
“It is a great way to experience the game in a fun and friendly format,” Alexander said.
"For some kids, it is an extension of their football experience and, for others, it is a chance to have a taste of the game.”
Photo: The 5-a-side pitches ready to go [PlessPix]