More than 100 budding young soccer players have been introduced to the international sport in the first official event hosted by the new Baringa Football Club at Baringa Sports Complex in Stockland’s Aura community.
The Sunshine Coast was the last stop for the Football Queensland ALDI MiniRoos Road Trip, which visited 13 regional towns across a month-long period to give children aged 5-9 years their first taste of the game.
Students from Baringa State Primary School attended the free clinics on Wednesday (4 July), with two sessions held across the afternoon and evening.
Mark Stephens, Senior Environment and Community Development Manager at Stockland, said he was delighted with the huge turnout and congratulated Baringa Football Club on the success of their first activity.
“Health and wellbeing are at the very heart of Stockland’s vision for Aura and it’s fantastic to see our youngest residents embracing the very first sporting club to be formed in our new community,” Mr Stephens said.
“The four hectare Baringa Sports Complex adjoins Baringa State Primary School and has been designed as a co-share facility to allow the entire community to use the space outside of school hours.
“It’s a unique partnership arrangement that ensures the sporting grounds and clubhouse are enjoyed to their full extent and is just one of the world-class initiatives that we’re implementing in our thriving future city.”
Tony Brandtman, Secretary at Baringa Football Club, said interest in the free clinics had been overwhelming, with almost a third of the school’s students signing up.
“This is our first event and the stars have aligned for us, as it fits in with our club’s aim to run our own Little Kickers program later in the year,” Mr Brandtman said.
“We offered the program exclusively to Baringa State Primary School and we couldn’t be happier with the response.
“The school is already playing a big part in our club – the students even did the final selection process on our logo – and we’re very grateful for the support they are showing us.
“The success of our new club depends entirely on community involvement, from both the kids as well as their parents, and I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch as we have some really great programs in the pipeline.”
Following on from the clinics, Football Queensland is looking to run a Kick-Off program at Baringa Football Club in Term 3 aimed at beginners, to allow children to have fun without the pressure of competition.
For more information on upcoming programs at Baringa Football Club and how to get involved, email Baringafc@gmail.com.
Baringa Sports Complex is the first of its kind at Aura and features three soccer fields, a clubhouse, seating, car parking and an amenities block.
Stockland has committed to build 10 separate sporting grounds over the life of the Aura project, as well as providing land for 25 community facilities, as part of its $1.3 billion Infrastructure Agreement with the Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government.
For more information on Aura, go to www.cityofcolour.com, visit the Aura Sales and Vision Centre or phone 1300 762 058. You can also keep up with the community’s progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/auraqld.