The AFL Indigenous All Stars team took on Richmond in Alice Springs in February, but before the game players visited communities and conducted a super clinic at Traeger Park as part of the build up to the match.
Amongst the red dirt and famous rock formations, around 445 km from Alice Springs, you will find the vibrant community of Yulara just down the road from Uluru, or more famously known as Ayers Rock. Making their mark in the community, Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn), Nathan Lovett Murray (Essendon), Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) and Patrick Ryder (Essendon) were embraced by the children as they conducted a footy clinic followed by a talk alongside Police about acceptable behaviour and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Players from the Indigenous All Stars and Richmond also attended schools and communities in Alice Springs, Yuendemu, Hermannsberg, Ntaria, Areyonga, Engwala, Ltyentye Apurte, Ti Tree, Papunya, and Amoonguna and Harts Range.
Police in Alice Springs and Yulara work closely with the community and a strong partnership between AFL and Police allows sport to be used as a way of engaging with young people. The clinics are more than just about football, they’re about teaching all children about the importance of healthy living, road safety, education and respect.