Peek be­hind the scenes

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

KOON­DOOLA Pri­mary School stu­dents en­tered a pro­fes­sional sport­ing en­vi­ron­ment at Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club’s head­quar­ters this month.

Year 6 stu­dents from Balga, North Balga, Bo­yare and Koon­doola pri­mary schools toured Fre­man­tle’s Cock­burn train­ing fa­cil­ity as part of char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion 12 Buck­ets’ Univer­sity Aspi­ra­tion pro­gram.

The pro­gram seeks to in­spire chil­dren from low so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas to re­alise their po­ten­tial by show­ing how higher ed­u­ca­tion can help un­lock an ex­cit­ing and ful­fill­ing ca­reer.

Fre­man­tle young guns Cameron McCarthy and Brady Grey, Fre­man­tle AFL Women player Lara Filo­camo and staff spoke to 48 stu­dents about their roles at the club.

12 Buck­ets chief ex­ec­u­tive Travis Fitch said stu­dents gained in­spi­ra­tion from the sto­ries of Dock­ers’ off-field staff.

“Usu­ally when chil­dren draw in­spi­ra­tion from their favourite sport­ing teams, it’s from the play­ers they see on TV, not staff be­hind the scenes,” he said.

“While we’re all cer­tainly ea­ger to meet the play­ers, the day is also a chance to learn a bit about how the club runs and what kind of jobs peo­ple do.

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Fre­man­tle play­ers Brady Grey and Lara Filo­camo with stu­dents from Balga, North Balga, Bo­yare and Koon­doola pri­mary schools.

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