Nightfields gets youth fired up about sport

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Youths enjoy the inaugural Narrogin Nightfields.
Camera IconYouths enjoy the inaugural Narrogin Nightfields. Credit: Michael Traill

The inaugural Narrogin Nightfields has been hailed a success, with more than 90 local children taking part in sporting activities across Narrogin’s sporting complexes.

Nightfields is part of the Stephen Michael Foundation’s at-risk youth engagement strategy for the region.

Nightfields offers children aged six to 18 free structured sporting activities on Wednesday nights for six weeks in term three.

“The whole premise of this program is to keep local youth engaged after school hours,” SMF chief executive Paul Mugambwa said.

“We know that there are a lot of kids that play in local teams and structured sport, but we also know that there are a lot that don’t.

“This is a way for all groups of kids to come together and play in a structured environment particularly for the kids who aren’t signed up and registered with clubs, it gives them a chance to engage with sport and long-term gets them thinking ‘Oh, I do want to join the local basketball team or hockey team or football team next year’.”

Nightfields will be supported by numerous community organisations, including WA Police, Avon Community Services and the Shire of Narrogin.

Mr Mugambwa said working with other organisations would be key to the foundation’s success in the region, having already joined forces with Narrogin Senior High School and the Upper Great Southern Football League to implement other programs for at-risk youth.

“Through Nightfields, we’re looking to continue growing our partnerships with some of the local agencies, all of which are very keen to support the youth,” he said.

“We were adamant we didn’t want to come down and run something by ourselves, conflicting with other programs that are running in town that are having a good impact.”

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