Blue is the colour

Osborne Park Football Club president Nathan Barnett with players (from left) Casey Grogan, Lucas Sartori and Trevor Mahony in their BeyondBlue jumpers. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423816
Osborne Park Football Club president Nathan Barnett with players (from left) Casey Grogan, Lucas Sartori and Trevor Mahony in their BeyondBlue jumpers. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423816

The club started in the WA Amateur Football League in 2011 and started fundraising for the charity after a family member of the club lost their life.

President Nathan Barnett said following the loss, the club made the decision it wanted to give back to the community to help Beyond Blue in being able to provide more resources to people suffering from depression.

‘The exposure of this awareness group (Beyond Blue) contributed to other members of the club opening up about experiences that had affected them and their families due to losses related to depression,’ he said.

The team will wear special blue jumpers as part of the round and, according to player Casey Grogan, the club had been working extremely hard over the past few years to make it happen.

‘We would encourage other clubs to do the same,’ he said.

‘The rewards are amazing and we know it’s helping people.

‘More needs to be done to help people to speak up when they are down or not coping.’

Mr Grogan added that since starting the initiative, team members were proud of the environment created at the club.

‘It’s the best thing we have done and we want to push this to other leagues to make this a designated round,’ he said.

‘It is going to be a great family event and we encourage everyone down to participate in the day.’ For more information, visit www. osborneparkafc.com.au.