Dock­ers point the way

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STU­DENTS from four WA pri­mary schools got some fu­ture ca­reer ad­vice when they vis­ited the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers at their Cock­burn Cen­tral base re­cently.

Play­ers Cameron McCarthy, Brady Grey, Lara Filo­camo and club staff took the 48 Year 6 stu­dents on a tour of their fa­cil­i­ties and gave them some in­sights into the dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths avail­able at a pro­fes­sional sport­ing club.

The tour was part of the 12 Buck­ets Univer­sity As­pi­ra­tion Pro­gram. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Travis Fitch said they aimed to in­spire chil­dren from low so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion and fol­low their dreams into any ca­reer they chose.

“The pro­gram doesn’t seek to push stu­dents to­wards univer­sity above all else but rather aims to show them that higher ed­u­ca­tion is within their reach,” he said.

“Ul­ti­mately, we want those stu­dents who may re­quire a bit of ex­tra sup­port to be able to gain the skills, sup­port and con­nec­tions needed to build a strong fu­ture.”

Grey said it was ex­cit­ing to show off their fa­cil­i­ties to the kids.

“As AFL play­ers we have an op­por­tu­nity to have an im­pact on young peo­ple, es­pe­cially to those stu­dents who came to visit to­day,” he said.

“Some of the jour­neys shared to­day were re­ally pow­er­ful and if some of the kids take some­thing out of that, then you would say that is an ac­com­plish­ment for us as play­ers and hope­fully it has in­spired the stu­dents to chase their dreams.”

Visit www.12buck­ets.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

Brady Grey and Lara Filo­camo with stu­dents who took the tour.

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