Having undertaken pilot programs initially with Blacktown Football Association and the Blacktown Spartans NPL Club, the Don’t Mess with Drugs Foundation recently followed up with a second pilot program with athletes from the Acceleration Program at Hockey NSW. Now, a third pilot has been confirmed for Thursday November 30 (Lessons 1 and 2) and December 7 (Lesson 3). 16 players from the newly selected Sutherland Football Association under 16 Representative squad will be joined by 16 players from the recently chosen Sutherland Sharks under 16 NPL team at the Harrie Dening Centre.
Sutherland is the largest football association in Australia, with more than 20,000 registered players. It is likely the Associations representative team coaches will also be involved in the program (26 in total) Sutherland Football Association General Manager, Jeff Stewart believes the DMWD Education Program “is an essential part of our role to provide a community program to our members.
Our Association will provide full support for this outstanding program, clearly, it is extremely relevant and important. This program is now a part of player requirements for the new representative season approaching “ he added.
Also involved in the pilot program is the recently chosen Sutherland Sharks Under 16
NPL squad. Sutherland Sharks NPL Club General Manager, Paul Smith, a former schoolteacher, is delighted to have his club involved. “A proactive program which helps our young players make well thought out decisions fits our club culture perfectly. The more education our players receive, the better the calibre of player we are producing. Our club is very happy to be involved and support DMWD,” he added.
The Don’t Mess with Drugs Education Program will again be presented by Chloe Kerr who did an outstanding job with the pilot two program with Hockey NSW. (110 athletes). Chloe is a teacher of sports education. Her strong sporting background in gymnastics and netball, makes her the ideal educator for the program. Local newspaper the Leader has indicated it will provide coverage of the program on November 30th.