Over 120 students were on hand at Pioneer Park at Malabar this morning (Wednesday) to enjoy a footy clinic with the Rabbitohs playing squad, thanks to Souths Cares, NRL Development, and Randwick City Council.
The enthusiastic band of students, who hailed from Chifley Public School, Malabar Primary School, Matraville High, and South Sydney High School spent the morning being run through their paces by Rabbitohs players – many of whom played their junior football on the same field as kids.
Souths Cares General Manager, Brock Schaefer, said that events such as today’s clinic highlight the strong links that the Club has with the local community.
“As a Club, we have such strong ties to our local area, and that goes beyond just having so many local products in our team – Adam Reynolds, Alex Johnston and John Sutton, to name a few,” said Brock.
“Our players genuinely enjoy connecting and re-connecting with schools and students, helping to keep kids active while providing positive messages in their capacity as role models.
“For some, often they’re schools that the players themselves went to as kids, so that sense of responsibility is certainly not taken lightly.”
The day also bore special significance, marking the ‘two years to go’ mark until the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final.
Players and students alike participated in the unveiling of the competition logo alongside officials – the Rugby League World Cup trophy taking pride of place on Randwick City Council’s Pioneer Park (home of Souths Juniors Club, the South Eastern Seagulls) during the course of proceedings.
Souths Cares and the Rabbitohs would like to extend their thanks to the NRL, Randwick City Council, RLWC 2017 and all schools involved on the day for their participation.