Date published: 14 August 2012
Local children from La Perouse and Maroubra Bay Public Schools received a hands-on coaching session today, Tuesday 14 August, from Rabbitohs stars including Dave Taylor, Michael Crocker and Roy Astoasi at Yarra Oval.
The clinic, which forms part of a community partnership between Randwick City Council and Souths, included catching, kicking and passing drills, a game of touch football, and a sausage sizzle and prizes for the children involved.
The community partnership, now in its third year, sees Randwick City Council and Souths support disadvantaged young people in Randwick City. Each year Council donates $40,000 to Souths to provide:
- Healthy and Active lifestyle program at schools in the local area;
- Schools to Work Transition Program for students in years 11 and 12; and
- coaching clinics with Souths players for local primary school students.
As part of the innovative community partnership, Souths and Council also provide children from schools throughout the southern part of Randwick City with free tickets to home Rabbitohs games.
Randwick Mayor Scott Nash said the program is about encouraging and rewarding positive behaviour and using the Souths players as positive role models.
"Young people already look up to Rabbitohs players and the chance to kick a footy around with them at a coaching clinic, or give them a wave at home games means a lot to many kids," Mayor Nash said.
"This partnership has brought significant benefits to our local community, and there are lots of other opportunities for our two organisations to work together and get positive messages out into the community," said the Mayor.