South Augusta hosts football clinic for Port Augusta Special School

FOOTBALL: Mary-Kate and South Augusta Football Operations Manager Michael Kerin during Port Augusta Special School's Football Clinic.

FOOTBALL: Mary-Kate and South Augusta Football Operations Manager Michael Kerin during Port Augusta Special School's Football Clinic.

PORT Augusta Special School and South Augusta Football Club joined forces for a football clinic on Wednesday, May 17, at Braddock Park.

Fourteen students raced onto the football field to learn skills such as kicking and handballing by South Augusta representatives Michael Kerin, David Williams, Kelvin McInnis and Matt Millard. 

The clinic was organised after student David Amos sent a letter to South Augusta, his favourite team, asking for the club to teach him and his schoolmates some football skills. Port Augusta Special School Principal Sarah French thanked South Augusta for accepting David’s request.

“David felt that our students needed the opportunity to be exposed to football skills and in an outdoor environment practising their motor skills, so he wrote a letter and South responded,” she said.

Mr Kerin, South Augusta’s Football Operations Manager, said the club is always trying to be trendsetters in the Port Augusta community.

“It worked brilliantly. One of the highlights was after one of the girls kicked a goal and I gave her the all-clear goal signal, you should’ve seen the smile on her face,” he said. “It made the whole day worthwhile, just that one split second of time. It was beautiful.”

David, 17, was happy with the outcome of his letter.

“I enjoyed the day. Handpassing the football was my favourite part,” he said.

“I wanted to see if the Southie (South Augusta) supporters could help our school learn how to kick and handpass.”

The after school hours clinic gave students the chance to add another sport to their skill set, with many also participating in the Inclusive Basketball program.

Ms French and Mr Kerin are both keen to repeat the clinic in the future.

“Obviously this is fantastic for their motor skill development, but also being in another environment interacting with different people and interacting with each other is really worthwhile,” Ms French said.

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