It has been a while between Podcast and we apologise but Ashley was in Turkmenistan commentating at the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games.
The astronomical cost for a young boy or girl to play football has long been a topic of discussion. Many have simply bemoaned the fact, but one club has sat down to try and find a way of making football once more affordable and available to all. Balga Soccer Club is to be congratulated for such a move and introducing “Fee Free Football.” On this podcast we talk to the club’s Gary Shorto to find out how hard it was to set up and how they plan to cover the costs of their junior players at the club.
In our topics under discussion, having recently worked at the South East Asian Games and the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Ashley looks at Nationalism and whether sport is being used to drive this in an unhealthy manner. He also asks if at sporting events there should be a limit on the number of events in which the outcomes are subjective. Events where the scores and the eventual medal winners come down to the opinions of a number of judges.
Hockey has and always will be a sport close to John’s heart and with the Australian Hockey League having just come to a dramatic conclusion in Perth asks why none of the papers around the countries gave the event any media coverage. This was a competition which saw the cream of our national players participating for their states, men and women ranked in the top five in the World. For more of John’s thoughts on the game tune into his podcast “The Reverse Stick.”
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