West Coast Eagle Mark Hutchings inspires school program in Kingsley

West Coast Eagles player Mark Hutchings with Year 4 students at Goollelal Primary School.
West Coast Eagles player Mark Hutchings with Year 4 students at Goollelal Primary School.

GOOLLELAL Primary School teacher Kym Tarr says her Year 4 students learned a lot from West Coast Eagles player Mark Hutchings this month.

The midfielder talked to the class and conducted a football skills clinic at the Kingsley school as part of the Eagles Rock My School program.

“He encouraged the kids to play sport to help them stay healthy, feel good and meet lots of other kids,” she said.

“He demonstrated how to kick and handball and set the kids up to practise so that they had plenty of opportunities to experience success.”

Mrs Tarr said Hutchings highlighted the importance of education to students and setting goals to achieve.

“They found out that with any profession, including sport, you have to put in the hard work and value your education,” she said.

“They realised that a football player is also required to use everyday skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic to carry out their duties.”

The students ended the visit by giving Hutchings a thank you card and a signed sympathy card to deliver to teammate Nic Naitanui.