Treyvon Leuluai is one player who arrived in Sydney to join the Rabbitohs U20s squad from New Zealand in early November. He was soon settled with his house parents, completing his first training sessions with the squad, and within days meeting with his new part-time employers at Camperdown Fitness.
Paul Vella and Michael Wood, owner managers at Camperdown Fitness have gone out of their way to welcome Treyvon to their team and assist him with settling into his new role.
Michael is certainly helping Treyvon with not only learning the ropes of his new role, but also with advice and experience gained from his own football background.
We know there is a lot they have to deal with and we like to help them out in developing responsibility, dedication and ownership, towards not only their employment but also to help out with their footy, Michael said.
We take a genuine interest in the development of the boys.
Treyvon has so far been enjoying his new job at Camperdown Fitness and taking on opportunities to learn as much as he can.
I started with a lot of cleaning around the gym and now Im also working at Reception, Treyvon explained.
I answer the phone and help people with their questions about membership or prices. I dont always know the answers yet, so I transfer the call to Michael or another staff member.
Treyvon is also enjoying the opportunity to meet and greet the members at the gym. I always say hello to people when they arrive. Everyone here is really friendly.
Michael makes sure I get the job done, but also gives me advice and helps me out which is really good. He knows that sometimes I miss my family, but he tells me to push through the tough times because youll come out a better person.
Treyvon is also looking forward to beginning study for his Certificate III in Fitness.
With the Rabbitohs and NRL having a No Work, No Study, No Play edict for players in the Holden Cup, its important for the players to commit to their jobs and study as they do their training and football.
It is good that I have to study and work, Treyvon said.
I want to play NRL, but its also good to have a backup plan in case things dont work out like I expected. This will set me up for the future. My dad played NRL and gives me advice and tells me storiessometimes they are long! I know that it is really good to be working and I really just want to do the best I can with my footy.
All at the Rabbitohs look forward to seeing Treyvon progress well in his employment with Camperdown Fitness and for when he takes to the field wearing the red and green.
Many thanks to Camperdown Fitness for their support of the Rabbitohs and congratulations to Paul and Michael for taking a vested interest in the career and future of one of the Rabbitohs young players.
To learn more about Camperdown Fitness, visit www.camperdown-fitness.com.au.