Junior Members and Rabbitohs NRL squad members came together throughout the school holidays in four clinics with over 600 kids involved in plenty of skills, drills and fun!
Straight after their win over the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 17, the NRL squad members enjoyed a day with over 130 Junior Members attending the Junior Members Clinic at Mascot Oval.
There were plenty of smiles on faces as the victorious Rabbitohs handed down their experience to the future Rabbitohs, with a number of activities including passing, tackling and mock games setting up a day of fun. Afterwards, Members got the opportunity to have photos and get their memorabilia signed in what was a unique experience.
Member Leanne Mariani (#347) said the opportunity for her two young sons, Jacob and Noah, to get amongst the NRL squad in their school holiday break was an invaluable experience.
“It was amazing,” Leanne said.
“It was really great to see all the players out especially after their big win against Manly. I know they must be pretty sore and tired so we’re even more appreciative and the boys had a great time.”
It felt good playing around with the footy with the NRL players. It was really fun and exciting, my favourite player today was definitely John Sutton.Jacob Mariani Member #347
Both Jacob and Noah were excited to get the opportunity to step onto the field with their heroes in the Cardinal and Myrtle.
“It felt good playing around with the footy with the NRL players,” Jacob said.
“It was really fun and exciting, my favourite player today was definitely John Sutton.”
“It was awesome doing drills with the players, and I really liked Kyle Turner,” said Noah.
NRL squad member Kyle Turner believes the experience was worthwhile, getting to see plenty of happy faces after the side’s win over the Sea Eagles the day prior.
“It was fantastic,” Turner said.
“Seeing the kids and the smiles on their face and getting involved in the community was really fun.
“We had a number of activities including touch footy, which the older kids really liked, and stuck in the mud, which the younger ones really enjoyed. But everyone wanted to roll up their sleeves and get into their tackling and running!
“It was a really enjoyable day, especially after the performances and we played really well last night and winning made it all the more better today with so many happy faces.”
That wasn’t all, however, with the Rabbitohs hosting plenty of clinics throughout Sydney, with Campbelltown and Turramurra seeing plenty of Red and Green Members and supporters getting involved with their favourite NRL stars.
It was fantastic. Seeing the kids and the smiles on their face and getting involved in the community was really fun.Kyle Turner NRL squad member
Outside of Sydney, the Rabbitohs travelled to Central Coast Stadium - the setting for the Round 21 clash against the Melbourne Storm - with the Footy and Dance clinic which was another huge success.
With over 300 Rabbitohs Members and supporters, it was another great day out with a variety of stations involving football-oriented skills and plenty of dancing and physical activity.
And of course, all Members and supporters got their very own Rabbitohs Pack, which included footballs, backpacks, cheerleading ribbons and cooler bag.
Needless to say, the school holiday period was an enjoyable one for the young Rabbitohs.