By David Lee
LOCAL aspiring junior footballers were among a group of lucky Victorians to attend the McDonald’s Good Sport Award Clinic in Melbourne recently, where they were given the chance to train with
Shepparton residents Cooper Gretton, Will Rohde, Mason Pedretti, Noah Culpan, Tanner Madigan, Ty Sutherland, Charlie Stephens and William Stephens each received the McDonalds Good Sport Award after being nominated by their local clubs for leading by example, demonstrating the qualities of fair play, offering positive support to team mates and conducting themselves graciously, win or lose.
Hosted by Mac Pack Ambassadors Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, Marc Murphy and Friend of the Mac Pack, Jack Riewoldt at Elsternwick Park last week, the eight local boys were given the opportunity to join 200 other McDonald’s Good Sport Award recipients aged between six and 12 from across Victoria, in a ‘money-can’t-buy’ football experience with the Mac Pack Ambassadors.
During the clinic, junior footballers had the chance to perfect their kicking, handballing and tackling skills by utilising tips and hints learned from sport’s elite talent.
Nine year old local boy, Cooper Gretton said, “I was very surprised when I was nominated to go, I had a great time and it was fun.
“It was good because Jack Riewoldt was there and they had a lot of the activities there.
“We did some handballing activities, and practised kicking goals and we also went through dodging and tackling,” Cooper said.
McDonald’s Shepparton Licensee, Karen Pearse said, “McDonald’s is delighted to recognise junior footballers in the Shepparton area for displaying good sportsmanship, by offering them the opportunity to train with some of the game’s greatest players through the McDonald’s Good Sport Award Clinic,” Ms Pearse said.