Dons visit re­mote school


FOOTY fever hit the re­mote com­mu­nity of Man­ingrida as 16 Essendon Bombers play­ers stopped by to give school stu­dents some tips.

They de­liv­ered AFL clin­ics, gave talks about mak­ing right choices and helped out in the class­room.

Shi­anne Na­mar­rchi, 18, and Adriel Wil­son-Dash­wood, 15, were lucky enough to learn some new skills from the stars.

“We asked them ques­tions about how they play and what they eat and junk food is not the right food to eat,” Shi­anne said.

Adriel, who plays for the Buf­faloes Foot­ball club, said he also learned that, as a leader, it was im­por­tant to be re­spect­ful and take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Essendon Bombers gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­ni­ties and acad­e­mies and women’s foot­ball Dar­ren Harris said they were work­ing to teach chil­dren healthy habits through footy.

“The club wants to help sup­port foot­ball de­vel­op­ment and out­comes – it’s not just about footy but en­cour­ag­ing kids to go to school,” he said.

AFL player Andrew McGrath said he was blown away by the tal­ent. “They were great – we didn’t know what to ex­pect but all their skills were just out­stand­ing,” he said.

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Essendon Bombers play­ers Adam Saad, Andrew McGrath and An­thony McDon­ald-Tipung­wuti vis­ited Man­ingrida school stu­dents in­clud­ing Adriel Wil­son-Dash­wood and Shi­anne Na­mar­rchi yes­ter­day

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