The South Sydney Rabbitohs, in conjunction with Souths Cares, NRL development and Randwick Council, led local schools in coaching clinics as part of Randwick’s Community Football Carnival on Thursday.
Rabbitohs players joined students from Chifley and La Perouse Public Schools, as well as students from South Sydney High School, at Randwick Community Centre in an afternoon of footy clinics and question time designed to get positive messages across such as Souths Cares’ own Healthy and Active Lifestyle message.
With a range of football activities on offer as well as the opportunity to rub shoulders with their Rabbitohs Premiership-winning heroes, students were run through their paces with drills as well as having the chance to talk to players about their rise to becoming first graders.
Halfback and local product, Adam Reynolds, is no stranger to the events, himself having attended similar clinics during his own time at school.
“I was lucky enough to come out to these certain events,” said Reynolds.
“It always put a smile on my face and cheered me up at the time. It’s a bit of a reward for all the kids in the community.
“I definitely enjoy it – getting amongst the kids and seeing them having fun.
“I’ve got kids of my own. They make a big difference in people’s lives, so it’s just good to make them happy and enjoy a day like this.”
Rabbitohs forward, Kyle Turner, was also on hand for the event, with the Premiership winner pointing to the positive impact that football players can have on students as role models.
“The South Sydney Rabbitohs – even I looked up to them as a kid,” said Turner.
“I think the kids just really enjoy being around the boys and having that fun time with them.”
Acting General Manager of Souths Cares, Leellen Lewis, also praised the success of the day.
“Days like these are a great opportunity for students to not only have a bit of fun, but also to get some really positive messages and skills across out of talking to role models such as the players,” said Leellen.
“A huge thank you has to go out to Randwick Council for putting the day on, including Anthony Andrews, David Kelly and Sharron Smith, as well as Youth off the Streets and the Rabbitohs players.”
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