After-school program kicking goals

Chantillee Bellou, Amalia Morehu, Halo Joachim and Ruby Atkinson had a ball learning about Aussie Rules football.

Youngsters at Gowrie St Primary School have been honing their football skills as part of an after-school program.

The Lighthouse has partnered with the school and sports bodies to organise free activities as part of an after-school programs.

Leilani Morehu Bamblett takes part in the after-school program at Gowrie St Primary School.

Last term the youngsters took part in six sessions over three weeks where they learned Aussie Rules football skills and put them into practice in drills.

Talisha Atkinson gets ready to pass the ball.

The Lighthouse volunteer coordinator Kathy Fuller said the program was well received by the participants.

Mia Morgan takes off with the ball while Monica Tunumafono gives chase.

“The main thing is fun and engagement,” she said.

Noah Roberts, Kartel Joachim, Kaiden Willis, Dominique Thorpe, Romez Joachim, Peyton Walker and Thomas Atkinson having fun in the after-school program.

“The kids have had an absolute ball.”

Lexie Kemp has her eyes on the ball at the after-school program.

Next term the youngsters will learn basketball skills in their sessions.

Kartel Joachim, Halo Joachim and Talisha Atkinson were all smiles at the after-school program.

Mrs Fuller said The Lighthouse helped organise the program partners, such as Goulburn Murray Football League, to conduct the football sessions and the Shepparton Gators to run the basketball sessions.

Talisha Atkinson tries to block Romez Joachim's kick.

“The Lighthouse is driven to make sure all children have the same opportunities as others,” she said.