Local MiniRoos soccer stars

Boogan Stars 1 and Innisfail Tigers Gold Under 8/9 teams with their respective Coaches.

LAST Saturday, the next generation of the region’s soccer players were in action at Castor Park, Mourilyan, braving dismal wet weather conditions to play the game they love.

Players aged six to 11 from Mission Beach, Boogan Stars, Innisfail Tigers, and Tully Clubs participated in non-competitive games, which are part of the Football Queensland North Johnstone River Conference Mini Roos program.

The Tully Flames Club has two teams and are searching for more players in all age groups. Mission Beach fields six teams, the Boogan Stars Club has nine teams, whilst the Innisfail Tigers Club has nine teams across all age groups.

Whilst female participation across all soccer teams is healthy, the clubs always welcome more girls to give the game a try. 

Training started in March and since April games have been played on Saturdays at Castor Park during the season, which runs until September.

There are only two weekends left, with the final games to be played on Saturday, September 4, followed by the Boogan Stars Club presentations from 4.30pm.

These local clubs are part of MiniRoos Club Football, which is the home of Australia’s largest network of grassroots football clubs.

MiniRoos is a chance for boys and girls of all abilities aged 5 – 11 to play four, seven, or nine a side, rather than the traditional 11 a side, to cater for the younger age groups.

Smaller fields, modified rules, and fewer players makes for increased game enjoyment, as there are more opportunities to touch the ball and score goals, which increases the likelihood of an overall positive experience.

As children progress through the various age groups, they will be introduced to playing environments that most suit their stage of development and prepare them for the transition to 11 player format games when the time comes.

There are many benefits of regular participation in MiniRoos games, including the development of fundamental motor skills and social skills through peer interactions.

Youngsters also learn the values of teamwork, cooperation, fair play, and respect for others. It builds on a child’s ability to make quick decisions and improve reaction time, as well as good health and wellbeing.

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