Sporting chance for marginalised

Goalkeeper extraordinaire Keith Cornthwaite at Wellington Square.|Pictures: Marcus Whissond423437
Goalkeeper extraordinaire Keith Cornthwaite at Wellington Square.|Pictures: Marcus Whissond423437

The Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program has been running for six years, offering male and female players aged 16 and over the opportunity to enjoy a game of soccer at Wellington Square in East Perth, while making new friends.

Perth Soccer Club president Gary Marocchi said the club was proud to support the program.

‘We had a lot of our former official playing and training gear lying around the club and it is fantastic that it can be put to good use and support an excellent cause,’ Mr Marocchi said.

The Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program State co-ordinator Sean D’Arcy said the program had grown from five to about 35 people and was part of a national program.

‘While the players are playing they get a chance to interact and make new friends, plus if they need any support the staff are there to help them,’ Mr D’Arcy said.

‘The minimum that can happen is they get two hours of exercise and enjoy themselves playing football in a stress-free environment.’

The games are played on Tuesdays, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

To find out more, email soccer wa@bigissue.org.au