MiniRoos Development Officer Alex Lowe travelled to the Northern Inland Region in June, visiting a host of different clubs in a trip that spanned many kilometres across 5 days.
Alex first called in to Guyra United SC for a Thursday afternoon training visit. Four excited MiniRoos teams braved the cold and joined in with Alex for some fun football games at Guyra Recreation Ground. Alex also caught up with Guyra United SC’s Junior Convenor Jo Dullaway and her dedicated coaches for a chat on the club’s progression and future plans. Jo and her team have been working really hard in recent months and we are all very keen to see Guyra United SC continue to grow.
After going back to base in Armidale, next up for Alex was an ALDI MiniRoos Certificate which was held on the Friday Evening at Doody Park. Several keen local MiniRoos coaches came along to go through some fun MiniRoos training sessions and tips, with Alex also joining in for the activities in order to keep warm on a bitterly cold evening.
Saturday morning came along and Alex was back in action, this time at Rologas Playing Fields for an Armidale MiniRoos matchday. Teams from Armidale and the surrounding region took up the challenge of the ALDI MiniRoos Kicking Target (pictured), fuelled by the free ALDI fruit supplied by Alex and playing for some excellent Newcastle Permanent Prizes. Special mention goes to Northern Inland Football Operations Officer Jean Bone and her fantastic team in the canteen at Rologas, whose hot chocolate was exactly what Alex needed to get through the freezing cold start! (-4°C at 8:00am).
On Sunday, Alex made the 130km trek from Armidale to Inverell for the Inverell Junior Carnival. Over 300 enthusiastic players attended the Carnival, from clubs right across the Northern Inland Region. Once again the ALDI MiniRoos Kicking Target was in action (pictured), with prizes and fruit going fast! Thank you to Inverell Carnival Coordinator John Rosberg and his helpful volunteers for assisting Alex and for running an exceptional Carnival!
Alex hit the road for home on Monday, with a final stop in Tamworth lined up on Monday evening. After a quick photo opportunity at the Big Golden Guitar, Alex called in to Gipps Street Playing Fields to catch up with MiniRoos Kick-Off For Girls Centre Coordinator Craig Drever and his fantastic group. A big thank you to Craig and the Girls for letting Alex join in on Superhero night and well done on your awesome bib capes!