Onlookers urged ‘keep it positive and Shoosh’

TACKLING poor spectator behaviour at junior sport, the Shoosh for Kids Winter Awareness Month has kicked off.
After a hiatus in 2020 due to Covid, the campaign is making a strong comeback, with more than 600 sporting clubs and associations, including Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA), signed up for the initiative.

BDAFA General Manager Leanne Millar says all of their 19 clubs are taking part in Shoosh for Kids.
“We hope this reinforces to all our spectators and players the importance of allowing children to play and enjoy all sports in a safe and fun environment,” she said.
“Shoosh for Kids doesn’t just focus on participants but also our match officials who drop out at alarming rates due to sideline abuse.
“If we ‘keep it positive’ on the sideline, everyone benefits.”
Leanne added that BDAFA has had a fantastic start to the season.
“All of our player numbers have increased, with our girls and ladies numbers growing over 16 per cent – from 950 players to 1100 this year,” she said.
“A few years ago, we started running small-sided girls teams on a Saturday; prior to this, girls would be integrated into the mixed competition.
“This year these teams have seen the largest increase in enrolments and BDAFA is super excited for the future of female football in Bankstown.
“We are thankful to all our clubs, volunteers and participants who have worked so hard off the back of an arduous 2020 and continue to build a strong football base in Bankstown.”
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