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Footys4All – more than sport

27th March 2017

The Footys4All focus is on the distribution of balls to children and while it helps promote sport, the ball is a vehicle which is far reaching for the individual and the community. That ball provides the child with an opportunity to build on their dreams, grow, nurture and develop.

We all appreciate the important role sport plays in our lives, helping children stay active and providing them with a sense of belonging. However, it is the related benefits that are easily overlooked.

The distribution of the balls through Footys4All has a very positive effect on the health of the children and the communities through the involvement in sport, keeping children active and involved. The focus on obesity in the community is a priority for everyone and the Footys4All program certainly helps in this area.

The program also supports education, keeping children involved in school and promoting the importance of learning and supporting each other. The Principal of Yarrabah State School in Far North Queensland highlighted the important role Footys4All has on the students following a recent visit.

“The donation of the ball on the last day of term not only ensured increased attendance on the day but also provided an active school holiday for the students.

“Traditionally last days of school terms are poorly attended in many schools and Yarrambah State School experiences the same attendance issue.

In an effort to increase student attendance the donated balls and books were given out to students at the end of the last day of term one. The previous year the student attendance rate on the last day of term was 31.3% compared to over 53% when the balls were distributed,” the Principal of Yarrabah State School said in a letter to Footys4All.

Sport, Education and Health are all part of the Footys4All program around Australia.

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