With the festive season in full swing, Brisbane Roar players Daniel Bowles, Brooke Spence, Emily Gielnik and Jamie Young yesterday took time out from their busy football schedules to visit the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program’s annual Christmas party.
Spence is a proud ambassador of the program, which was founded in 2006 by Head Coach Jay Larkins, with the other three happy to play their part in the day which included small-sided football games, other football drills and a Christmas BBQ.
“It was a great opportunity for us to go along and see what Jay and his volunteer coaches do there,” Bowles said.
“It was a real eye opener. There’s a lot of things in life that sometimes get taken for granted and to see kids with a range of different disabilities still wanting to play football, it really makes you appreciate what we do as footballers.
“Anything we can do to help put a smile on the kids’ faces and they definitely put a smile on our faces too."
Held at Westside FC in Grovely, the players were popular with the participants, volunteers, coaches and families at the event and stuck around after the festivities were over for photos and signings.
For more information on the program, please visit Brisbane Paralympic Football Program on Facebook.