Freo Footy Skills Grand Final

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sunny skies was the perfect setting for up to 200 young participants who came along to Domain Stadium on Sunday 2nd August to take part in the grand finals of Freo Long Bomb, Freo Kwik Kick and Freo Fastball. The three competitions, which are run for years 4 – 6 in primary schools all over Western Australia, were held as the curtain raiser prior to the Round 18 Fremantle vs GWS fixture.

The Freo Footy Skills program, run by the WA Football Commission in conjunction with the Fremantle Football Club saw over 140 participating schools compete in this year’s program, with a staggering 38’000 primary aged students having fun learning the basic skills of the game.

Freo Fast Ball is a team handballing event, which involves a team of six student’s handballing a football through a zig-zag formation as quickly as possible.

Freo Kwik Kick involves students kicking in pairs over 12 metres to see how many successful kicks they can complete in three minutes.

Freo Long Bomb simply involves students trying to kick a football as far as they can.

While not all participants were lucky enough to walk away with a trophy or medal, the chance to run around at the home of WA football prior to a Fremantle Dockers home game was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one which will live long in their memory.

Fremantle Football Club Community Goals Manager – Mr Wade Spilcker - took the time to recognize the support received by Teachers and Principals around the state in supporting Freo Footy Skills, acknowledging the success of the program would not have been possible without their enthusiastic participation.

“It’s a great way for us and the WAFC to invest back into the primary school community,” he said.

“We can be involved at school level and it benefits teachers as the program is linked back to the school curriculum.

"This year we've had unprecedented, interest with Freo Footy Skills. This was proven by over 600 students competing in our Semi Final format earlier in the year at Fremantle Oval.  It’s been great to see the program grow. Our partnership with the WA Football Commission continues to allow our skill based football program to thrive in the primary school system”

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