Life skills role for clubs

Geraldton Guardian - - Opinion - Peter Fiorenza Peter Fiorenza is the host of SHL Sunday 10am to noon on Ra­dio MAMA.

I have writ­ten in this col­umn be­fore about the at­tributes of sport and be­ing part of a sport­ing team.

And the re­cent AFL Brown­low Medal win by Rich­mond Foot­ball Club’s Dustin Martin fur­ther sup­ports this view.

I be­lieve sport­ing clubs right around Aus­tralia, whether they be AFL, NRL, net­ball, rugby or soc­cer, play a role in help­ing mould young­sters into good cit­i­zens.

As a board mem­ber of a num­ber of sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, I am con­scious of not just the role sport plays, but the pri­or­ity it puts on the in­flu­ence it can have on in­di­vid­u­als.

Along with help­ing young men and women achieve suc­cess in their cho­sen sport, as or­gan­i­sa­tions, we need to re­alise de­vel­op­ing skill is only a rel­a­tively small part of our job.

In my opin­ion, sport­ing clubs that do it right, give th­ese in­di­vid­u­als so much more.

For in­stance, a sense of be­long­ing, to start with.

It is hu­man na­ture to yearn for con­nec­tions, to feel part of some­thing, and, thus, in many re­spects, a sense of worth.

So­cial skills, how to com­mu­ni­cate and sim­ply get on with oth­ers. Add to this, learn­ing to abide by rules, and work­ing as a team, and you re­alise that a sport­ing club’s in­flu­ence can be quite im­pact­ing.

So, if a sport­ing club is do­ing ev­ery­thing right, or even some things right, it can re­ally have a big im­pact on who some­one is, or be­comes.

I am not privy to his past, but do know that he has had his ups and downs in life, and af­ter lis­ten­ing to his ac­cep­tance speech, it was ob­vi­ous that he is in­debted to foot­ball and the Rich­mond Foot­ball Club.

Now, I know I’m a real softy, but I was filled with ad­mi­ra­tion for this bloke, as he re­luc­tantly stood in the lime­light, in fact, in front of the na­tion and un­folded the pa­per in his hand to give a very hum­ble ac­cep­tance speech.

The AFL, Rich­mond, and his club in country Vic­to­ria, with­out doubt, have all contributed in cre­at­ing one of the most tal­ented and ex­cit­ing ath­letes to grace a sport­ing field.

There are many pos­si­ble Dustin Martins out there, and with­out the sup­port of a sport­ing club in their life, suc­cess just wouldn’t hap­pen.

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