It’s more than a game “The Footballer”

Through the eyes of Sam’s mum Lindy Moorfoot.

Sam Moorfoot, played in his first team in Grade 2 at Highton Primary School. This was Basketball. He then joined a mixed netball team about the same time. Prior to this, Sam had been following his two older brothers to all their sporting activities and was desperate to play in his own teams.

Football began with Auskick. He used to tag along with his older brothers at about Age 4. His brothers, Tom would have been 6 and Jack Aged 8. He was desperate to play in his own team even then, but began attending his own Auskick clinics at around 7 years old. He loved it, and couldn’t wait to follow once again in his brothers footsteps, and play in a real team. He eventually did, playing from Under 10’s through to Under 14’s at South Barwon Football Club. He had very supportive team mates, many that attended Highton Primary School and then Belmont High School with him, and coaches who were very supportive and inclusive.

Sam went onto have some wonderful opportunities with Special Olympics, representing Victoria at Junior National Games in Canberra as a 14 year old and later as an adult, travelling with a State team to play in the National Games in Adelaide. He also played netball in an All Abilities league and later 10pin bowling in an Achievers League.

Not to mention his current role as water boy for the Geelong Football Club which he describes as his dream job!

Since Sam’s “retirement” from playing football at Under 14’s, he has constantly wanted to play football in a team of his own. Unfortunately the opportunity had never presented itself, until Leisure Networks and Bell Park Dragons football club, put their heads together and started up a FIDA League in Geelong this year.

He loves football and is so proud to be part of his own team.

– Lindy Moorfoot on Sam’s achievements.

Sam is now 25 years old and this has fulfilled another of his dreams. He loves football and is so proud to be part of his own team. He has made a whole bunch of new friends and was very proud when his family and some of the Geelong Football players came and watched him play in his first game this year. The fact that he kicked a couple of goals and was able to run the ground to celebrate with them was “icing on the cake”.

Sam tells me all the time how much he loves his life. We are so grateful. Thanks Tim (and everyone else involved) for making this footy team happen.

He had to wait 11 years to be part of his own footy team again and absolutely loves it.

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