Canning Communicare and Beckenham Angels team up to teach soccer fundamentals to girls


AIC Thornlie students donned red while the victors wore white for the big match, courtesy of the Beckenham Angels.
AIC Thornlie students donned red while the victors wore white for the big match, courtesy of the Beckenham Angels.

A COMMUNITY partnership between Canning’s Communicare and the Beckenham Angels Women’s Soccer Club has culminated in the first ever soccer derby between female students of the Thornlie and Kewdale Australian Islamic Colleges (AIC).

On Thursday September 22, the afternoon competition drew 62 young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds to participate eagerly in a new experience to test out soccer skills they had learnt over six weeks as part of the Active Schools program facilitated by the Communicare Get Active Project.

Funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the after school hours soccer clinics aimed to build the capacity of female secondary school students to promote the importance of physical activity and the benefits of being part of team sports.

The clinics, coached by the Beckenham Angels, provided the opportunity for Years 5 to 11 female students to learn basic soccer skills, field positioning and game tactics.

Students on the day commented that they were very happy to be involved as they believed they also developed significant life skills such as resilience, perseverance and leadership in addition to building their strengths and knowledge of soccer for their impending match up.

Officiated by Football West at the newly built Mills Park Centre in the City of Gosnells, the game was won by AIC Kewdale 4-1.

For more information, visit communicare.org.au.