Safety first for soccer
A PRESTIGIOUS gold medal has been awarded to Holiday Coast soccer for the implementation of the Regional Roo Ball goal posts.
Using RTA bollards as portable goal posts during all of it's non-competitive matches in 2005, the local soccer competition was announced as the gold medal winner at a recent function held in the Millenium Room at Telstra Stadium.
The award from Sports and Safety was for outstanding achievement by a sporting organisation in implementing or adopting a Safe Sport Practice.
Jim Graham gleefully accepted the award on behalf of HCS and was pleased to point out the positive steps that the posts has created since their inception.
"Firstly there's the player safety aspects that the goalposts provide," Graham said.
"There was a huge decrease in the risk of fall related injuries.
"The young players couldn't hurt themselves anymore as a result of falling after hanging from the crossbar or tripping over the back of the nets."
Operations Manager Gary Phillips was also quick to point out the added coaching benefits that the new goalposts have provided.
"By the end of the season the players wanted to pass the ball into the goal," Phillips explained.
"Rather than kick it as hard as they could, they would pass it or caress it as the South Americans would say."