Freo Dockers bring smiles to faces at Auskick Superclinic in Kalgoorlie
The Fremantle Dockers’ community spirit reached out into the Goldfields yesterday as the players put on a NAB Auskick Superclinic for local children in Kalgoorlie.
About 300 kids, aged 5-12, made their way down to Digger Daws Oval to meet up with the players, who are on Freo’s 2011 Telstra AFL Community Camp.
Freo Docker Jay van Berlo said the players got a real kick out of interacting with the locals.
“It’s been a good chance to get a look at how the people of Kalgoorlie go about things and show them a little bit of what we do, too,” he said.
Van Berlo said the players had fun watching the kids have fun at the Superclinic.
“I was at the handball station and the kids had a great time trying to hit it through the target,” he said.
“There were lots of smiles on faces.
“It’s a great experience to put a smile on a child’s face by doing something as simple as showing them how to handball or kick.”
Fremantle Community Program Manager Wade Spilcker said it was fantastic to see the Fremantle players and the local children having a great time together.
“It’s all about giving back to the community,” he said.
“The players are aware of where they’ve come from and they remember what it was like growing up.
“We’ve got a lot of players who grew up in regional centres and they really enjoyed getting out among the people and putting smiles on faces.”
Van Berlo and the rest of travelling party head out and about the Goldfields today to visit schools, where it’s a sure thing there will be more smiles, from children and players alike.