Football program kicks goals at Dominic College

LOCAL football stars Rani Cavarretta and Ben Hamlett recently put Dominic College students through their paces during a series of workshops.

The duo has been working to promote AIA Vitality MiniRoos Football – a smaller version of the game that is designed for students aged between five and 12 years.

Football Federation Tasmania’s (FFT) MiniRoos development officer Ben Horgan said AIA Vitality MiniRoos aimed to give all children a safe, friendly and fun introduction to football.

“The program’s format simplifies the game and each child gets more touches of the ball, making it a great way for them to learn regardless of size or ability,” he said.

During the clinics at Dominic College, students were guided through a number of fun game-based activities to introduce them to the sport’s core skills.

“The students had a blast,” said Cameron Golding, Dominic College’s health and physical education department director.

“We really appreciated the support of FFT in delivering a quality program to our prep to year six students.”

Ms Cavarretta, 22, is the FFT women’s development officer and flies to Melbourne every week where she plays with the newly crowned Victorian Women’s Premier League champions, the Boroondara Eagles.

She is one of Tasmania’s leading female footballers and spent a number of successful seasons playing with Hobart’s Olympia Warriors women’s team.

FFT participation officer Ben Hamlett, 23, is a striker/midfielder with the Tasmanian Victory League’s South Hobart team, which has enjoyed enormous success over the past few years.

He returned to Tasmania two-years-ago after a stint in United States college football with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 teams, Grand Canyon University and Mountain State University.

The pair said they had an infectious passion for the game that they strived to pass on to students.

‘We had a fantastic few days at Dominic College and it was great to see the enthusiasm to get in and have a go,” they said.

“There are already some very good young players here – some who are playing club football with Dominic’s school teams, and others who are in the skill acquisition programs at Glenorchy Knights, Hobart Zebras and South Hobart clubs.

“Most pleasing of all is the way many of the children who have not played football before threw themselves into it and really enjoyed their first experience of the world game.

“We would love to see them stay involved by joining their local AIA Vitality MiniRoos club.”

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