BALGA Senior High School’s intermediate boys and girls soccer teams won the Champion Schools Football Competition’s Northern Shield for the first time this month.
The boys beat Lynwood Senior High School 2-1 in extra time while the girls defeated Lynwood’s girls 3-1 in a penalty shootout.
Boys coach Bejhan Alitovski said the achievement was a result of hard work, commitment and dedication from the players over the last few years.
“Our teams have regularly featured in the knockout phase of the Champion Schools competition,” he said.
“In 2009, our senior boys, coached by current Stirling Lions coach Robert Milevski, won the Northern Final and were runners up in the state grand final.”
He said there were more than 150 students involved in the soccer program, which was launched by Perth Glory in 1997 as a boys soccer program.
“We aim to improve on our current program and further develop students’ skills and techniques, the mental components of soccer, fitness (specific to soccer) and tactical awareness within the game,” he said.
“Students enrolled in this course are role models within and outside of the school and are provided with additional opportunity in Senior School to complete a Certificate II in Sports Coaching.”