FOUR primary schools in the eastern suburbs had a taste of a professional sporting environment at Fremantle Football Club’s headquarters on June 1.
Year 6 students from Balga, North Balga, Boyare and Koondoola Primary Schools toured Fremantle’s Cockburn training facility, as part charity organisation 12 Buckets’ University Aspiration program.
The program seeks to inspire children from low socio-economic areas to realise their potential by showing how higher education can help unlock an exciting and fulfilling career.
Fremantle young guns Cameron McCarthy and Brady Grey, Fremantle AFL Women player Lara Filocamoa and staff spoke to 48 students about their roles at the club.
12 Buckets chief executive Travis Fitch said students gained inspiration by the stories of the Dockers’ off-field staff.
“Usually when children draw inspiration from their favourite sporting teams, it’s from the players they see on TV, not staff behind the scenes,” he said.
“While we’re all certainly eager to meet the players, the day is also a chance to learn a bit about how the club runs and what kind of jobs people do.
“This level of engagement with students is really valuable because it helps spark their interest at an early age and ultimately aims to set them on a path towards a career they’re passionate about.”
For more information on 12 Buckets visit www.12buckets.org.