27 June 2016
Night Fields is a free fortnightly sport program for young people in Kwinana.
A range of sports are offered for boys and girls aged 8 to 17 including football, soccer, netball and basketball. The WA Football Commission initiative expanded to Kwinana in February 2016 and has been very well received by the community.
The program aims to reconnect disengaged youth with an activity they enjoy, while providing a safe social environment on a Friday night. Many young people who participate in Night Fields then go on to join sporting clubs in Kwinana.
“There has been over 500 young people participate in the Night Fields program since the first session in February this year - a fantastic result that has exceeded our expectations,” said City of Kwinana Manager of Youth Development, Vikki Barlow.
“Seventy per cent of our young participants are from an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Island background. We've found transport to be a significant barrier for young people when it comes to engaging in community events in Kwinana. The Night Fields program offers a bus service to and from the games as well as a free healthy meal for all participants.”
On Friday, 24 June 2016, Night Fields ran a NAIDOC Week themed Kwinana vs Mandurah event, with Relationships Australia providing a traditional meal of roo stew and damper. This was the last event of the season. It will recommence in the warmer months.
“Bringing young people together in a safe and supportive environment on a Friday night benefits the whole community,” said Mayor Carol Adams.
“The overwhelming success of Night Fields in Kwinana shows a desire amongst young people to become more active and socially connected members of the community.”
The City of Kwinana Youth Team along with other fantastic community organisations are present at each Night Fields event to provide support to young people in need. Night Fields is run in conjunction with Relationships Australia, YMCA Rockingham/Kwinana, Headspace Rockingham and the City of Kwinana Healthy Lifestyles Team.
A video about the Night Fields program by the WA Football Commission can be viewed here.