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More than 300 kids braved the cold to paint Gosch’s Paddock purple for Billy’s Buddies clinic on Monday.

The annual event was yet another big success with kids able to meet, greet and play football with the Storm playing group.

A signing session also followed the clinic, where Storm fans were able to chat to their heroes and take photos.

The Billy’s Buddies clinic has been running for several years now but the man in the centre of it all admits he still gets a kick out of seeing hundreds of kids running around with No.1 on their back.

“To come out here, it is raining, it’s cold but to see 300 kids here wanting to run some drills with all the players it is great to see,” Billy Slater said.

“It shows you how far rugby league has come in this state. It is always humbling to see your name on the back of all the kids shirts.

“Melbourne Storm do a great job to promote the grass roots of rugby league and that is what we make sure we do with the kids here, making sure they have fun and learn a few different skills.”

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Roosters, Saturday 23 July, 7:30pm.
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