AFL Barwon clubs claim FOX FOOTY Club Rewards prizes with Richmond and North Melbourne
Three AFL Barwon clubs have celebrated off the field this year after winning unique, behind-the-scenes experiences with the Richmond and North Melbourne Football Clubs thanks to the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards.
This year Geelong Amateur Football Club (Bellarine Football Netball League) won the opportunity to have eight club representatives visit Richmond’s Punt Rd Oval facilities for a half-day experience with Tigers’ senior coach, Damien Hardwick.
Meanwhile, the Belmont Lions (Geelong and District Football League) and the St. Mary’s Sporting Club (Geelong Football League) visited North Melbourne’s Arden St Oval for an exclusive coaching seminar with Kangaroos senior coach, Brad Scott.
The FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program is an initiative driven by Foxtel to support grassroots sport and recognise football clubs and the benefit they deliver to their local community.
Below is listed each club’s community support initiatives that saw them recognised among the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program:
- Geelong Amateur Football Club (Silver Tier Winners)
- Following one of the club’s player’s wives suffering large complications, the Geelong club was able to rally around and raise in excess of $30,000 to help with medical costs for their healthy daughter
- The club president also organised a house to be built and sold, which raised huge funds raised split between a local footballer who was left paralysed from an on-field incident, and a father of one of Old Geelong’s junior netballers at our club, Tim McGrath, who was undergoing cancer treatment
- Geelong Amateur has also been active by volunteering in community efforts have such as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and assisting with catering at the Geelong Gift
Belmont Lions Football Club (Bronze Tier Winners)
- The Lions, through the joint partnership of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Community, provide many indigenous youngsters the opportunity to play sport
- The club also provides players and volunteers to conduct clinics at local primary schools and allow the use of our ground and rooms for school matches at no charge to those concerned
St. Mary’s Sporting Club (Bronze Tier Winners)
- Mary’s have partnered with disability provide servers, Leisure Networks, who utilise the club’s facilities at no charge during the day for activities for participants of the NDIS to cover a range of activities
- Mary’s players and staff also support these activities, which include cooking classes to support people with a disability become more dependent
- The club also bi-annually gives all 16 and 17-year-olds within the club to be part of a cultural exchange trip, with the footballers going to South Africa, and the netballers to Fiji
National Ambassador for the program and former St Kilda Football Club captain, Danny Frawley, said the program, in its second year of running, continues to reward local clubs with opportunities to learn from the AFL’s elite personnel.
“Local sporting clubs are at the heart of local communities all over Australia and it is fantastic to have organisation such as Foxtel continue to invest at the level where it all begins for so many our AFL players. Hopefully the experiences they undertake as part of the program ensures they continue to grow and develop as a football club and as a strong hold presence in their local community,” Frawley said.