Having a ball

ST Thomas’ Primary School students in Sale got the chance to meet and greet some of their footy idols when Carlton Football Club players visited the school as part of the AFL Player Appearance Program.

Blues players, including Matthew Kreuzer, Jed Lamb and Sam Docherty, were in Sale to run football clinics at the primary school and sign autographs at the Optus store.

Sports teacher Grace Duffield said the students were excited about spending some time learning football skills from the players.

“They have been really looking forward to it and everyone wanted to have a go at the clinic,” Ms Duffield said.

Year 11 and 12 students from SEDA College, Melbourne, which delivers a VCAL curriculum with a focus on hands-on learning and giving students opportunities to connect with industry, helped the players run the clinics.

Participants declared the event a roaring success, with students from all year levels actively involved in challenging and fun skills exercises, and keeping players on their toes.

After the skills drills, players fielded a volley of questions about the game and the life of an AFL player during a question and answer session.

The AFL Player Appearance Program is designed to promote sport and AFL, and encourage participation at all levels.