THE Shepparton United Youth Girls are enjoying their first season of AFL football and also giving a little back to the community, recently attending the Rumbalara Elders Facility to assist in serving the residents their dinner and then spending some quality time getting to know them.
Coach, Dean Walton made the decision to begin the social program to ensure that the girls not only developed their football skills but also enhanced their life skills by introducing them to something different outside of the football environment.
Outside of his coaching role Dean is the Director of Positive Ageing & Disability Services with Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative and thought that as the residents were asking him on a weekly basis how the girl’s team was going, he decided it was time that they all met.
Dean said, “The highlight was seeing the girls taken outside of their comfort zone and observing their reactions in an environment that they were not used to.
“It was a great evening for both the residents and the girls with much laughter and storytelling going on; no doubt a bit of football advice was given as well.”