Junior School football enthusiasts from Girton Grammar Junior School have been enjoying weekly football training sessions with players from the U/18 Bendigo Pioneers Football Club.
Students from Years One to Six have been taught some of the finer tips and tricks of the trade from the Pioneers players who have formed a unique partnership with the School.
Headmaster at Girton Grammar School, Mr Matthew Maruff, said that the main aim of the weekly training sessions was fun.
“Friday night footy is a great way for students to finish off their week with some of their friends, and teachers as well as some of the Pioneers players.
“The idea is to simply get more students involved in physical activity and to provide some of the older children with an opportunity to be role models for the younger participants.
“It’s a relaxed and happy atmosphere and the students feel pretty special training alongside players who might one day make it to the big league,” Mr Maruff said.
Talent Manager of the Bendigo Pioneers, Steve Sharp, said that partnering with Girton Grammar School gave the players an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.
“It is important that our players nurture grass roots sports for primary school boys and girls, providing the inspiration for young people to reach elite level in sport,” Steve said.