A recent visit to Brighton Bulldogs by Roar players Luke DeVere and Shane Stefanutto was boosted by a surprise presentation to the club.
The program began at the Bulldogs’ Wakefield Park with the Roar Rapid Fire Field and a coaching clinic for Mini Roos age groups.
The two Roar Hyundai A-League players then signed dozens of autographs for the excited Bulldogs juniors.
But it was the unexpected arrival of Tim Edler, from Harvey Norman Rothwell, that stole the show and had the Bulldogs juniors cheering and clapping.
Tim presented the Brighton Bulldogs with a new E5600 Series Full HD LED LCD Smart TV as part of the FFA’s Harvey Norman initiative.
Stefanutto thanked Harvey Norman for the company’s support of football in Australia.
He added that he hoped the experience of being involved in the Paul’s Roar Active Program would encourage some of the Bulldogs juniors to chase their football dreams.
“It was great to see so many young footballers having a kick around with myself and Luke DeVere,” Shane said.
“This is the start of their footballing careers and we hope one day some of them will go on and play for Brisbane Roar.
“Our community programs are so important – not just getting to juniors, but also in spreading the word about football across Queensland.”
Brighton Bulldogs president Sally Faux thanked Brisbane Roar and Harvey Norman.
“The kids had a wonderful morning and it’s been fantastic for the club,” Sally said.
Meanwhile, dates in September have now been locked in for the Paul’s Roar Active Program’s annual visit to regional cities and towns.
Clinics will be held in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Innisfail, Cairns and Mareeba.
The schedule is: Maryborough – Tuesday, 8 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Maryborough Football Federation, Granville); Hervey Bay – Wednesday, 9 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Hervey Bay football fields, Tavistock Street); Bundaberg – Thursday, 10 September, 9am-noon and 4.30-7.30pm (The Waves Sports Complex, Thabeban Street); Rockhampton – Friday, 11 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Nerimbera FC, Horner Street); Mackay – Monday, 14 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Wanderers, Ben Nevis Street); Townsville – Tuesday, 15 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Brolga Park, William Angliss Drive); Innisfail – Wednesday, 16 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Boogan, Castor Park, Mourilyan); Cairns – Thursday, 17 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Cairns FC, Endeavour Park, Cannon Street); Mareeba – Friday, 18 September, 4.30-7.30pm (Mareeba United FC, Fenwick Park, off Chewko Road).
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