Sport drives life choices

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Tennealle Russell, Tracey Swami, Adrian Fahey, Dana Bell, Lilly Brackin, and Idyanna Vincent.
Camera IconTennealle Russell, Tracey Swami, Adrian Fahey, Dana Bell, Lilly Brackin, and Idyanna Vincent. Credit: Scott, Alexander Scott

A program designed to encourage Pilbara girls to attend high school and engage with the community through sport is set to begin next year.

The Reach Program is an extension of the Swan Districts Football Club V Swans’ plan to use sport and fun activities to decrease truancy and improve engagement at Hedland Senior High School.

It aims to build resilience and empower female youth, build secure community connections and promote a healthy lifestyle.

V Swans Hedland regional manager Tracey Swami said the program would begin in first term next year and she was hoping up to 100 students would access it.

“We will be working with students to offer mentoring and support and use sport, art, music, and fitness to engage the kids with school,” she said.

Mrs Swami said the goal was to create a holistic health and wellbeing space to look after the children.

“We want to create links with the community, to be extra support at school, and encourage positive behaviour from the kids,” she said.

General manager Kara Antonio said the program had been established through funding from BHP.

She said the REACH program would allow V Swans to provide support to female students who may be falling through the gaps with no direct support.

“We are extremely excited to launch our new V Swans REACH Program in term one, 2020, at Hedland Senior High School, where we look to have a positive impact on the lives of our young female students within our community,” she said.

Ms Antonio said REACH was separate to their Kicking Goals and Shooting Goals programs at Hedland Senior High School that had been running over the past decade. “These programs have achieved amazing outcomes for our students, Hedland Senior High School and the wider Hedland community,” she said.

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