Ju­niors on the big stage

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Southern Gazette -

TWENTY young football play­ers from Red­cliffe Ju­nior Football Club played an Aus­kick game at half-time dur­ing an AFL game re­cently.

VIS­IT­ING the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground to watch your footy he­roes is a dream for most young play­ers, but play­ing on the AFL’s hal­lowed turf is another thing al­to­gether.

That is what 20 young football play­ers from Red­cliffe Ju­nior Football Club did, with new uni­forms supplied by Perth Air­port’s Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Pro­gram.

The boys aged 11 and 12 played a 20-minute AFL Aus­kick game at half time dur­ing the Essendon/Mel­bourne game.

Red­cliffe Ju­nior Football Club pres­i­dent Peta Healy said the club was thrilled to have the op­por­tu­nity to give one of the Red­cliffe Ea­gle teams a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s ev­ery young foot­baller’s dream to play at Aus­tralia’s iconic sport­ing venue in front of a huge, roar­ing crowd. It’s cer­tainly an un­ri­valled ex­pe­ri­ence that they will al­ways re­mem­ber,” Ms Healy said.

“It’s great to be able to share in the boys’ en­thu­si­asm and they got more ex­cited as we got closer to the game day,” she said.

Perth Air­port Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Fiona Lan­der said the air­port was very pleased to be able to help the team to look the part.

“It’s very re­ward­ing to play a part in giv­ing these young boys the op­por­tu­nity to get a taste of what they can achieve if they choose to per­se­vere with their sports,” Ms Lan­der said.

The team was treated to a guided be­hind-the-scenes tour of the MCG and ex­plore other key sites around Mel­bourne dur­ing their trip.

Com­mu­nity groups, schools and busi­nesses can ap­ply for grants via the Perth Air­port Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Pro­gram to as­sist projects fo­cus­ing on the pri­or­ity ar­eas of youth and ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity and cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment.

City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks with mem­bers of the Red­cliffe Ju­nior Football Club.

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