Starkick players shine at Optus Stadium

The entirety of Optus Stadium’s hosted Western Australian AFL-loving kids with disabilities during the halftime game, in a WA first thanks to Starkick. 

Starkick is a Western Australian Football Commission program that supports children with disability to play football in Western Australia.  

Established in 2015, the program has grown from one centre to 15 centres across Perth, the Southwest and from 11 June, Albany in the Great Southern. 

Recently, Starkick officially partnered with Fremantle Football Club’s newly launched Purple Hands Foundation, extending the partnership with the Fremantle Football club, which first began in 2015. 

The Starkick half time takeover at Optus coincided with the Purple Hands Round, when Fremantle took on Brisbane in front of a bumper crowd of over 47000 fans. 

Starkick footage courtesy AFL Broadcast partner Fox Footy  

WAFC Starkick Coordinator, Rob Geersen said he is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Purple Hands Foundation. 

“We are so grateful to the Purple Hands Foundation to have this opportunity for so many of our Starkick clubs and players to experience playing halftime at Optus Stadium,” he said. 

“The kids and families were so excited and thankfull for this opportunitiy. To have Starkick players coming from as far as Manjimup, just goes to show how grateful families are for their children to be included and experience football's biggest stage,” 

“Starkick aims to cater for any disability and runs with a simple motto “If you want to play, we will find a way” and on Sunday to see the kids out, doing what they love – just playing footy. was a moment that will stay with me forever” 

Parents and guardians looking to enrol or find out more can refer to the Starkick website or contact the West Australian Football Commission.  

For further information, please also refer to the Starkick  social media accounts: 

Instagram: @WAFCStarkick 
Facebook: WAFC Starkick