Twenty players from the Greater Western Sydney Giants visited some lucky junior footballers at Greenway Park at WestHoxton on Wednesday, July 24.
Superstars of the AFL, including TobyGreene, JoshKelly, ZacWilliams and ShaneMumford, braved the chilly conditions along with 194 children from footy clubs and Auskick Centres across the South-West.
AFL NSW/ACT local area manager GregTalbot said that having access to elite players was hugely beneficial for local participants.
To get ruck coaching from Shane Mumford and goal-kicking from Toby Greene and Harry Himmelberg is a priceless experience for these kids.GREG TALBOT, Local Area Manager, AFL NSW/ACT
"For these kids to have unlimited access to AFL superstars and their heroes really inspires the kids and gives them the belief that hard work pays off," Talbot said.
"They realise one day they, too, could be playing in the AFL."
Talbot said clubs involved included the LiverpoolEagles, SouthwestTigers, FairfieldFalcons and CamdenBlues and that the night gave the clubs a fantastic opportunity for teams to engage in a fun, social AFL setting and encourages kids to want to continue with their footy.
"The highlight of events like this is seeing our local kids interacting with senior players and receiving some first-hand coaching and instructions.
"To receive ruck coaching from Shane Mumford and goal kicking from Toby Greene and Harry Himmelberg is a priceless experience for these kids."
31/07/19: spelling corrected