The Port Douglas Crocs Football Club have celebrated their prize in the 2016 FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program, after today joining the Western Bulldogs Football Club this morning at Cazalys Stadium.
The Crocs, who were announced as prize winners earlier this year after being recognised for their outstanding community support, received inner sanctum access this morning with the Bulldogs, who take on the Gold Coast SUNS tomorrow night.
The FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program is an initiative driven by Foxtel to support grassroots sport and recognise football clubs and the benefit they deliver to their local community.
The Crocs, this year became involved with the “Pink in the Tropics” group, which raises attention to breast cancer.
On Mother’s Day this year, the club donned the pink jumpers with all money raised from the day being donated back to the Pink in the Tropics ladies.
National Ambassador for the program and former St Kilda Football Club captain, Danny Frawley, said the program, in its second year of running, continues to reward local clubs with opportunities to learn from the AFL’s elite personnel.
“Local sporting clubs are at the heart of local communities all over Australia and it is fantastic to have organisation such as Foxtel continue to invest at the level where it all begins for so many our AFL players. Hopefully the experiences they undertake as part of the program ensures they continue to grow and develop as a football club and as a strong hold presence in their local community,” Frawley said.
Western Bulldogs head coach, Luke Beveridge, who began his football career at a grassroots level with the St. Peter’s-East Bentleigh Football Club in the South Metro Junior Football League in Melbourne, said local football clubs are the backbone of the community.
“Grassroots clubs have an enormous role to play for their local town and its members, so we’re delighted to help reward the Port Douglas Crocs for their community support,” Scott said.
“By giving them behind the scenes access of a professional AFL club’ coaching staff, the aim will be to have these visiting clubs go away with an understanding of the levels of professionalism, education into the latest analysis that goes into the game and insight into the culture that shapes an elite club environment.”
Port Douglas Crocs Football Club representative, Chris Bradsworth, said his club was delighted to be recognised by the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program for carrying out their on-field and off-field visions as a club.
“Our club is ecstatic to have been recognised by the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program and we’re looking forward to the whole experience with the Bulldogs. For us, it is testimony to a number of hard working club members who strive to create a stable and inclusive club,” Bradsworth said.
The FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program has rewarded 50 local football clubs with the chance to hear from an elite AFL club’s coaching panel in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Furthermore, another 17 clubs will also have the opportunity to get a sense of the professionalism of an AFL club when they visit an AFL club’s training facilities or experience an AFL club’s inner sanctum on match day.
For more information on the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program, visit www.foxtel.com.au/foxfootyclubrewards
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