Warrnambool children have a ball at school’s big sports day

PRIMARY school pupils from across the Warrnambool district tried their hands at soccer, netball and basketball as part of a multi-sport day at Brauer College.

More than 300 pupils also received an insight into the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) from kayaker Glenn Singleton and Paralympic table tennis player Melissa Tapper.

The afternoon helped kick-start Brauer College’s centenary celebrations, which will continue this Friday with another sports day of cricket, lacrosse, AFL and the VIS.

The day will include an opening ceremony, a “legends” football match featuring former students of the school and the lighting of a centenary flame. 

Brauer College director of sport Jason Kermeen said he was rapt with how the inaugural multi-sport day went.

He said college representatives approached primary schools in the district seeking how they could best work together.

“We said ‘as part of the celebrations, what sorts of things could we offer to extend the kids’ understanding in a meaningful way’,” he said. “A sport day was one of the things that came up.

“We wanted to do things all kids do around here. Netball is strong, basketball is pretty strong, soccer is big around Warrnambool really.

“The VIS is represented, they want to promote themselves and we want to promote them.”

A-League club Melbourne Heart ran a host of mini-pitch matches as part of the soccer clinic.

Melbourne Heart game development officer Josh Bondin said the invitation to promote the club was appreciated. “We do go out and visit regional areas and we have community camps before each season,” he said.

“I think days like today are really good to provide opportunities for children to experience the game.”

Other sports organisations represented included the Warrnambool Seahawks and Warrnambool City Netball Association.

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