Former Rabbitohs and Test player, Matt King, was on hand at Botany this morning (Thursday) for a footy clinic with Windgap – an organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities.
King was joined by current Rabbitohs Ben Lowe, Jason Clark and Dave Tyrrell, along with members of the Rabbitohs coaching staff through a rugby league clinic in a bid to encourage participants to volunteer at local junior league clubs as ground staff, gear stewards and time keepers as part of Windgap’s social and sporting integration strategy for their clients.
“These guys work,” said King.
“There’s a big facility not far from here (in Botany) where these guys work each day. They’re there half an hour before work, they love their work – holidays and Christmas time they hate it because they can’t go to work, so it really fills you up with a great deal of pride when you work with people like this. There is a great relationship between these guys and the Bunnies.”
Both players and clients enjoyed the morning reveling in their love of rugby league and the Rabbitohs, with Windgap clients imitating their heroes on the field.
“They obviously love their footy as much as we do,” said King.
“We did a little drill there where everybody had to run around and score a try, and everyone wanted to be Greg Inglis or Nathan Merritt. We did a goal-kicking one at the end as well and everyone wanted to be Adam Reynolds.
“It feels nice to be able to do this in the community and help people out who do have challenges,” said King.
“It’s not a drag, whatsoever, for these guys (staff and players) to get out of bed and come down on a beautiful Thursday morning and spend some time with some special people and give back to the community.”
The Souths Cares team was also in attendance. Program Mentor, Kiara Maza, said that Windgap does a great job supporting the disabled members of our community.
“Windgap is one of our community partners so Souths Cares were excited this morning’s clinic,” she said.
“We ensured each participant received a gift of a Rabbitohs backpack and poster, along with a Souths Care football so they can continue to build on the skills they learnt today, back at home.”
To find out more about Windgap, please click here.