“Although we found this project challenging, it was also very rewarding because it allowed us to see the direct impact of all our efforts through the smiling faces of the children! It was amazing to realise how something as simple as a football match could bring such unity between children of such different backgrounds. For us, it truly reflected what authentic community is about.” - Benjamin Brownrigg and the CAS Community Football Friendlies Project Team
This year, the friendlies were played in three separate sessions with each of the centres participating in just one. Despite fewer players being invited compared to previous years, the atmosphere was one of great excitement and anticipation as teams bonded in their mutual quest to win! It was evident that new friendships were formed, with all the children being challenged to use their communication and leadership skills to reach a mutual outcome.
The day would not have been the success that it was without the tremendous support given my our sponsors, Rising Star Football Academy who not only provided coaches and referees but full kit for each of the players, The Loop Restaurant for their delicious fruit trays as well as Brim Coffee and Cuizo who supplied all the refreshments. Thank you too to the Year 12 BIS students who volunteered their time for the morning to be mentors and coaches to the teams and to Mr John Handscome who ensured everything came together in what was a resoundingly successful event!
Co-Curricular Coordinator and Community Service Project Manager