- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 11 December 2013
Photo: Small-sided games at Bowen Road Primary School today [PlessPix]
Over the past two months, Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) has been facilitating football 5-a-side events within schools in the Northern Suburbs.
Glenorchy Knights have been delivering the program to spark interest in the students before the 2014 season starts.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights president Paul Woodham preparing the barbecue at today's gala day [PlessPix]
Today was the culmination of the program with a gala day at Bowen Road Primary School.
Three schools - Rosetta, Moonah and Bowen Road - came together to participate in a gala day of 5-a-side football.
All of the schools and their physical education staff have been very supportive of this initiative.
Bowen Road physical education teacher, Leon Lakos, appreciates the involvement of Glenorchy Knights in driving the program.
"This is a brilliant program being run here at Bowen Road,” Lakos said.
“I have been looking for support to drive our school soccer program for 2014 and the FFT program has definitely sparked interest amongst the students.
“Having some of the Glenorchy Knights players visiting has also provided inspiration to our students.
“It’s full on, it’s packed and there’s a lot of energy going on.
“The kids are running around, having fun, kicking the ball and meeting students from other schools, so it’s really good.
“It’s new to me, but I hope it’s something that will continue.”
Photo: The small-sided games in full swing today [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights junior co-ordinator, John Peter, has been the main driver of this program.
"What we are trying to do is grow football participation in the Northern Suburbs, not just for our club, but for the school clubs,” Peter said.
“By working together with FFT, we are able to have more of an effect.”
Glenorchy Knights player Sam Johnson was in the thick of the action.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights defender Sam Johnson at the gala day [PlessPix]
“The kids are just having a kick around and enjoying themselves and getting out there and trying to get a bit of fitness,” Johnson said.
“They absolutely love it and I’m actually quite surprised. You realize how simple the game really is when you see them kicking about.
“I absolutely love it.
“Even some of the kids who don’t actually like it, they go home and I actually believe they start to like the game.
“You’ve always got to look to the future and you’ve got to start somewhere and this is where Glenorchy Knights have decided to start.
“It’s a good way to do it, I think.”
Photo: Football Federation Tasmania's Anthony Alexander at today's gala day [PlessPix]
Photo: Bowen Road primary School's sports ground was a hive of activity for the gala day [PlessPix]