More than 45 students from the La Perouse district participated in Randwick City Council’s Annual Community Football Clinic with the Rabbitohs, at Yarra Oval in Phillip Bay today (Monday).

The entire La Perouse Public School turned out to enjoy the sunshine and to get some football tips from their Rugby League heroes.

Brock Schaefer, Souths Cares General Manager, said members of the Rabbitohs NRL and NYC Squads spent the morning engaging the students in the Clinic in an effort to encourage them to stay fit and healthy.

“The whole purpose of today was to encourage the students to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle over the course of their lives,” said Brock.

“Having the Rabbitohs involved is a powerful way to get healthy lifestyle messages across to students.

“Council and Souths Cares know the La Perouse school community actively encourage their students to take care of their health and that’s why we chose to include their school in the clinic.

“We also know that their students know their way around the footy field so today was all about getting back to basics.

“We had a number of NRL Development Officers target specific skill-sets and maximise the fun aspect for all the students.

“Souths Cares didn’t want to leave any child thinking they couldn’t join in and be part of the session so the drills included activities that were achievable for all students regardless of age and ability.”

After the session, students were provided with a morning tea of fresh fruit, muesli bars and water as well as something special from the Rabbitohs.

“Playing Well, Drinking Well and Eating Well are core messages embedded in a number of our health and education programs at Souths Cares and today’s morning tea was aimed at reinforcing those with the students,” Brock said.

“As a reward for their efforts, the Rabbitohs stayed after the Clinic’s conclusion to sign team posters for each student.

“The players enjoy interacting with the students and they understand how important their role is in setting a good example to community and they take it very seriously.

“The students’ interactions with the players were very natural and they asked them a lot of questions about health and wellbeing. Kids learning from their idols is an effective way to communicate these important health messages.”

Brock said the La Perouse students were a pleasure to have involved in the Clinic.

“Each and every student was enthusiastic, engaged and well behaved,” Brock said.

“They participated in every aspect of the clinic with passion, so we really hope to see them back in 2016 at one of our Clinics.”

Souths Cares would like to acknowledge Randwick City Council for sponsoring the Clinic, the teaching staff at La Perouse Public School for all their assistance and also the NRL development officers who delivered the Clinic with the support of the Rabbitohs players.

To watch a video from the day, please press play on the video player.