Community Carnival visits
Wednesday 6 February 2013 4:46 PM
Melbourne Storm today took part in clinics and school visits throughout Geelong and Mildura, as part of the NRL’s 2013 Community Carnival.
As part of the league wide initiative Storm players took part in a game of touch football at Simonds Stadium, Geelong with students from Bellarine Secondary College and Northern Bay College. A further group of players made visits to schools in Geelong and Mildura during the afternoon to deliver 2013 Community Carnival messages on the effects of bullying and the importance of building positive self-esteem.
Players from all of the 16 NRL clubs will travel more than 40,000 kilometres and visit more than 500 schools across the 2013 NRL Community Carnival. Melbourne Storm’s involvement highlights the club’s ongoing commitment to the growth of rugby league in Victoria and commitment to making a positive difference in the community.
Speaking to the media, returning Storm playmaker Brett Finch endorsed the community program.
“It’s great to come down here to Geelong and play a bit of Aus Tag with a few of the local kids. They are the state champions, so it has been a really fun morning,” Finch said.
The engagement with the local community of Geelong comes as Storm prepare for their second trial match of the pre-season on Friday against Canberra at Simonds Stadium.
“It’s great to link it in with the weekend; we have an important match as a part of our preparations for the World Club Challenge,” Finch said.
“It’s great to bring it to an AFL heartland like Geelong, and hopefully we can get as many fans down here to watch us play Canberra on Friday night.”
Tickets for Melbourne's trial game against Canberra on Friday at Simonds Stadium, Geelong can be purchased here.