On Sunday our Pararoos Development Centre was joined by local school Principal, Sean Moran, and teacher Mike Ferguson of Roseville Public School to present the players with their new Pararoos Development Centre playing shirts.
Moran and Ferguson first became inspired by the Pararoos after the release of their 2018 Documentary ‘The Pararoos’, which followed the journey of Australia’s national Paralympic team through qualifying rounds and their eventual trip to Argentina to compete in the IFCPF World Championships.
Moran took initiative and invited Pararoos star Ben Roche and documentary film maker Tom Ferguson to Roseville PS for a special screening of the documentary for the students at Roseville PS. The inspiration flowed as a wave through the RPS community with the school, students and parents quickly coming on board to host a ‘football shirt day’ to raise money for the Pararoos and through gold coin donations.
After discussions with FFA, the school settled on providing funds to support the NSFA Pararoos Development Centre to help create the future Pararoos and Paratildas of Australia.
Moran and Ferguson visited the Development Centre in early 2019 to see the program in action and instantly realised how their support could make a difference. Each member of the Pararoos Development Centre on Sunday were provided with a unique Pararoos Development Centre playing shirt, Northern Tigers FC kit bag, Football NSW small-ball and FFA drink bottle. The shirts were worn proudly and will be used each week at the PDC, making the players and coaching staff identify themselves as one.
PDC sessions are delivered by Ben Atkins & Ben Sutton from the Pararoos National team, alongside Ed Ferguson & Nick Marr (NSFA / XLR8) and supported by Northern Tigers FC physio Maddi Van Es.
NSFA, Northern Tigers FC and the football community would like to thank Sean Moran, Mike Ferguson and the Roseville PS community for investing in the future of football and providing players with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury and symptoms resulting from stroke the opportunity to play football and be involved in the national team pathway.
If you know anyone that would be interested in coming on board and participating, click here for more information about the NSFA Pararoos Development Centre.