Local rugby league coach Kel Menchin (pictured) has been awarded the Australian Sports Commissions Five Star Community Coach Award. This award has been established to highlight best practice and recognise outstanding achievement in coaching within the Australian Governments Active After-School Communities program.
Menchin has been delivering rugby league, touch and multiskill programs to four schools in the Ballina area as part of the program.
The AASC program is really rewarding. Seeing the children progress with their motor skills and self confidence, which on occasion has seen them enter into local structured sporting activities for the first time has been a highlight, Menchin said.
The Australian After-School Communities program began in 2005 and is free for primary school aged children, offering them access to organised physical activities and sport.
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