Australian national program for 5-12 year olds

Australian boys and girls aged 5-12 years will have the opportunity to meet some of their heroes from the A-League when Football Federation Australia, in conjunction with the clubs, conduct special Telstra Football Anytime programs during the January 2007 school holiday period. According to FFA Community Football Programs Manager Matt Bulkeley the six session program "is an ideal introduction to football as it is ‘game-centred’ and encourages children to play the game anywhere, anytime and with anyone!"

The focus is on small-sided games and age appropriate activities with a particular emphasis on enjoyment The program is largely unstructured, providing an environment where children can express their individuality, progress at their own level and most importantly enjoy playing the game in a variety of formats including 5 v 5, 4 v 4 and even by themselves. The program charge of A$66 per child includes a Nike Total 90 all surface football; a Nike Brasilia equipment bag; markers to use a goals and to mark out a field; and a drink bottle.

FFA received significant financial support from the Australian Sports Commission through the Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program and telecom company, Telstra.

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