A clinic held in Dookie last week is aiming to give children more confidence through sport.JENNA BISHOP April 28, 2014 3:33am
Jack Fitzpatrick, Ethan Smith, Bella Loe, Campbell James, Robert Gribben, James Sutherland, Ben Gallus, Billy Edwards, Michael Gallus and Tom Gallus.
There were cheers as balls sailed through the air and cries of encouragement as kids practised some newly-acquired sports skills last week.
Dookie Secondary College students were treated to a special 30-minute sporting clinic on Thursday run by Australian sporting charity, Footys4All.
Kids were also able to choose a ball from their favourite sporting code to take home to play with.
Footys4All founding director Michael Gallus said the foundation aimed to empower kids through the universal language of sport.
Mr Gallus said while the clinics helped children develop their sporting skills, it also encouraged the development of self-confidence and self-worth.
‘‘It shows the kids that someone cares about them and wants them to have opportunities,’’ he said.
‘‘We want to get a ball in the hands of every disadvantaged kid in the world.’’
Mr Gallus said the foundation was also about engaging children who otherwise might not have a chance to play sport.
‘‘It’s about getting students outside in the sunshine and playing sport,’’ he said.
‘‘It gives them the same chance as other kids.’’
Dookie Secondary College student Bella Loe was looking forward to practising ball skills with her newly-acquired football.
‘‘They were very friendly and I really liked the clinic. I learned how to bounce the ball,’’ Bella, 15, said.
‘‘We learned how to handball, dodge and tackle.’’
With support from big-name sporting stars and sporting company Ross Faulkner, Footys4All has handed out more than 8000 balls to children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Mr Gallus said he was hoping to expand the foundation to help Australia’s more than 800
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