The Midvale Junior Football Club’s inugural all abilities footy clinic was conducted at Ron Jose Oval last weekend.
The clinic was supposed to be the final scheduled event of a specifically tailored training program for special needs children.
But such has been the enthusiasm with which the club’s initial venture was greeted, clinic coordinator Alan Nairn was pleased to announce that the program would now be extended for another four weeks.
During his speech at the clinic windup, Nairn thanked sponsors Movida Estate, Channel 7 and IGA for their contribution towards the success of the clinic.
The organisers of the footy clinic are now hopeful that the training program, which had been running for six weeks, will become an annual event on their calendar.
The clinic coordinator said he started the program due to there being no suitable activities available for special needs children in and around the Midvale area.
Nairn had previously started a similarly successful program for special needs kids at another club and felt that there was a pressing need to urgently address the lack of available activities.
The children had been involved in a training program that was designed to teach them basic football skills for the six weeks prior to the day of the clinic.
The clinic itself was only supposed to last for an hour but due to the manner in which the kids embraced the day, it ended up running from 11am to 12.30pm.
Children who participated in the program came from as far afield as Muchea and Canning Vale and all points in between.
Ultimately 14 kids were involved as the number of interested children continued to grow throughout the duration of the program.
The participating children were given the chance to learn footy skills such as handball, kicking and team work.
At the completion of the clinic all of the football enthusiasts were presented with a showbag which included a football trophy and a Fremantle Docker’s bag.
Following the presentation, the kids were treated to a nice lunch and had a chance to have a little bit of fun with activities, such as a bouncy castle and train rides.