Katanning and Tambellup visits to kick-off regional Festival of Football

Cameron NewboldGreat Southern Herald
Football West's Katanning female-only program.
Camera IconFootball West's Katanning female-only program.

Football West kicked off their Festival of Football in the Great Southern this week, holding clinics and coaching sessions in Katanning and Tambellup.

On Monday, officers from Football West, along with Great Southern development officer Sarthak Mishra, visited Katanning and Tambellup to start their week-long regional tour that will also take the game to Mt Barker, Denmark and Albany.

Football West ran kids’ clinics at Tambellup Primary School and Saint Patrick’s School and also ran a coaching course with their female-only game leader program in Katanning. Mishra said the clinics were a great way to start a big week in the region for the sport.

“We are hoping this Festival of Football leaves a legacy and we will come back out to these regional communities and grow the game after this week is over,” he said.

Kids from Saint Patrick’s School in Katanning.
Camera IconKids from Saint Patrick’s School in Katanning.

“It’s about building sustainable structure in our female-only program and trying to upskill coaches in that.

“We’ve had really good support in this first-of-its kind female-only program and there is a lot of multicultural participants, which is fantastic.”

The regional tour headed to Mt Barker on Tuesday and was in Denmark yesterday before coming to Albany in preparation for Saturday’s two marquee National Premier League WA fixtures at Centennial Stadium.

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