SOME of the best sporting teams in the world struggle to go undefeated throughout a season, but a smattering of junior teams throughout Fremantle and Cockburn are doing just that.
Whether it’s netball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey or any other code, as their respective seasons near finals these local teams are marking themselves as the ones to beat.
The Jandakot Jets Junior Football Club Year 7 White are one such team, something coach Tim Hegney said was a testament to the hard work and dedication the players put into the sport.
“Regardless of the wins, they make their parents and myself proud every week with how they approach every training session and every game with dedication, determination and discipline,” he said.
“They have learnt to trust and respect each other over the years, irrespective of individual abilities, and this respect is also reflected towards the opposition and referees on the field.”
He said his involvement with the club allowed him to see first-hand how big a role junior sport could play in moulding a child.
“Team sport such as junior football fosters friendships, develops an understanding of commitment to a team and pride in belonging to a club,” he said.
“Sport aids in building resilience in young kids by teaching them that not everything comes easy. Kids in sport learn that they need to put in time and effort, they need to trust in each other and work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
“Kids in junior sports develop life skills that enable them to enjoy the rewards of effort while also teaching them to dust themselves off, learn from their mistakes, train harder and try again.”