On Saturday Wabag Primary School hosted the first Fresh Water Grassroots Footy Clinic held in a provincial centre since the clinics were launched on the 13th of last month in Port Moresby.
The clinics aim to teach boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16 basic ball handling and defense skills for both rugby league and rugby union.
The Principal of the school, Mr Mark Sakol invited the foundation to host a clinic at the school for the 17 schools in the district.
The member for Wabag and Deputy Opposition Leader, honorable Sam Abal supported the clinic with logistics for the team led by John Wilshere to travel to Wabag in an effort to engage local children in activities that build team spirit and camaraderie. Abal urged other Members of Parliament to assist their local schools in bringing the clinics to the children of their communities.
One hundred and eighty children from the Wabag district participated with an almost even number of boys and girls.
The clinic was hosted by former Kumul John Wilshere. The clinics aim to develop youth football and teach not only basic skills but also lessons about healthy living and healthy lifestyles, and team work on and off the field.
As part of the clinic 20 volunteers from the school community were trained to conduct clinics. In this way they can continue after the team departs Wabag. A workbook complete with drills will also be sent to schools to assist those conducting the clinics, and to complete the skills transfer process from trainers like John to volunteers in the local community.
The Fresh Water team also donated sporting equipment to support future clinics to the school. ‘Like’ Fresh Water on Facebook to find out more about their Clinic