NSW - Greenacre Area Community Centre
Through the Greenacre Area Community Centre, those cold Friday winter nights have been heating up for a group of local teenagers taking part in the 2015 Twilight Soccer program.
The free six-week indoor soccer program is aimed at engaging and encouraging young people in the Bankstown community through sport in a safe supervised environment. As an added bonus for both the teenagers and their parents, the Friday night activities includes a free dinner and transportation home.
As the program relies on volunteers to coach and manage the teams, as well as provide the catering for dinner and transportation to take the players home at the end of the night, the program runs on a shoestring budget. The $5,000 SUEZ community grant will go a long way to helping out with some of the costs in providing this free activities to the players and their families. The grant was presented by SUEZ's Kim Finnimore to Hannah Starkey from the Centre at a cheque ceremony attended by Bankstown City Clr Dan Nguyen.
The program aims not only to provide the young players with a chance to develop their football skills, it provides the opportunity to learn life and social skills. The regular Friday night activity enables teenagers from very different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to come together and learn how to interact as a team and within a community.
The Twilight Soccer Program has had its fair share of celebrity endorsement, with Western Sydney Wanderers' giving inspiration to the football stars of the future at a recent event.