Almost 100 future Freo Dockers participated in the Club’s second ever Freo Footprints program, held in term two of the schooling calendar.
The Loftus Recreation Centre and Cannington Leisureplex joined Cockburn ARC as hosts of the program, with 99 participants aged two-to-four involved in fun games and activities.
The program is based around the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, balancing and the basic coordination skills of kicking and catching.
Fremantle AFLW Players Roxy Roux and Aine Tighe have jumped on board as Freo Footprint coaches, providing expert tips and tricks across the program.
Lively Freo forward Liam Henry said he loved seeing the kids learning the basics of footy at such a young age.
“I love coming out and giving back to the community,” Henry said.
“I do it a lot at home and this is a part of Freo…we are living our trademark on and off the field.
“It’s good to get the kids down and teach them the basics of footy and get some fun out of a good day.
“I love seeing the young kids starting early.”
Roux said she was impressed by the quick improvement of the skills on display.
“The kids were really enthusiastic and were excited to practise their skills each week, then finish with big high fives afterwards to celebrate,” Roux said.
“It was also great to hear the parents’ feedback…they noticed a huge improvement from start to finish of the seven-week program in not just the kids coordination and football but their listening and attention skills too.
“This is what the program is all about, having fun with Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa etc. whilst practising skills so they will be ready to roll for Auskick and other sport and recreation activities when the time comes.”
Father of three children himself, Freo veteran David Mundy said he saw first-hand the various benefits of the Freo Footprints program for young children.
“Taking part in team sports in particular while growing up is really beneficial for physical and mental health,” Mundy said.
“It allows the kids to really express themselves in a social setting and by developing these skills, the kids gain a lot of confidence.
Each participant received a pack after the last session with some Freo goodies and skill cards, so that they could continue to practise the fun at home.
Freo Footprints will continue again in term three, with Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre joining on as new hosts.
As the program is parent-led, parents are encouraged to participate with their little ones throughout the entirety of the 30 minute sessions.
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