Reclink team kicks on

Reclink is hoping to kick some serious goals in community engagement with the launch of a new football team.

The Melton Lions will play in a midweek social league, but Reclink founder Peter Cullen hopes to attract more players before entering the competition next month.

“The Melton Lions football team is a way that we can engage people who have difficulties accessing mainstream sports clubs,” Mr Cullen said. “This could be because of financial hardship, homelessness or mental health issues … establishing a football program allows us to respond to social challenges in the area.”

Reclink Australia provides people who are experiencing extreme disadvantage with opportunities to participate in sports programs throughout Victoria.

“This is an initiative aimed at supporting disadvantaged and disengaged people through team sports and recreation,” Mr Cullen said.

“Sport provides physical and mental benefits and allows people to be around an environment that can support them with their difficulties.”

He said training has already attracted 14 players but more are welcome. Pop-up sports clinics are also offered for those who want to try something new.

Training is held Wednesday 11am-12.30pm at Melton Recreation Reserve