Juniors learn need for volunteers

The Champions Academy and the Ports Football and Netball Club hosted more than 75 young footballers and netballers at Arno Bay for their major development event, It’s More Than A Game.

The event aimed to teach juniors about the different facets of AFL beyond the skills of the sport itself including what happens behind the scenes, on and off the field, so they can play the game they love.

Attendees gained an understanding of the importance of being active contributors to their club and that there are many ways they can be involved in the game of football.

The event started a conversation with juniors about the future of AFL in country clubs, highlighting the importance of the role young women will play in the survival of country clubs and how the participation of boys and girls in junior football can be encouraged for the strength and sustainability of associations.

Participants learnt about all the elements that come together in order for a game to happen by moving through different checkpoints manned by mentors who carry out the volunteer roles at matches or training.

After the checkpoints, young gun umpire Jack Waller joined a Champions Panel to speak about his experiences as a field umpire.

He was joined by Erin Laas, and under 15 AFLW state representatives Bella Smith and Brooklyn George who spoke about their experiences playing football, as well as taking on volunteer roles.

The event was a huge success and it is hoped to have lasting impact on the juniors, players and supporters.