A desire to no longer be a ‘FIFO daddy’ has led Dalyellup’s David Brook to start a franchise of Grasshopper Soccer in Bunbury.
The father of two has turned his back on years working in banking and mining to “do something meaningful”.
“This new venture just ticks plenty of boxes for me,” he said.
“I want to be in control of my future and give back to the community.”
The program caters for girls and boys aged two to 12 and uses soccer as a tool to teach students the fundamentals of life.
“It is a lot bigger than just soccer,” Brook said. “It helps to generate confidence, develop hand-eye coordination and helps to bring them out of their shell.”
Brook, who has a rich sporting background which includes rugby league, union and representing New South Wales in yachting, recently set up a display at Dalyellup Shopping Centre and said he was thrilled with the number of parents signing their kids up to give the program a go.
“It’s important that the parents are involved in this program to – it’s get everyone out of the house in an active way that focuses on the growth and development of both the child and the parent,” he said.
Brook said he hopes to work with the local soccer clubs over the coming months and believes his program will benefit them greatly – giving local students interested in the sport another outlet to participate and improve their skills.
“The beauty of this program is that it doesn’t matter what your level of ability is, you can still participate and learn,” he said. “Everyone gets a ball, gets to play and gets the chance to score.”
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