Juniors on the big stage
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.