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