Budding stars’ day out

July 12, 2017

Naite Hoskin, 11, has a kick with Matt Spangher at Deakin Reserve on Friday.

Gabriella Vittorio, 12, blocks Shae Brown's pass.

Shae Brown guides Annabel Georgiou, 8.

Holly Barclay, 9, learns netball skills from Magpies' Shae Brown.

Matt Spangher shows Reuben Priestly, 12, how to kick a footy.

Shepparton United Football player Matt Spangher takes Fletcher Everard, 12, through his kicking technique.

Shepparton Football Netball Club was the place to be during the first week of the school holidays when the club hosted two days of fun skills clinics and games at Deakin Reserve.

It is the fifth year the club has run the holiday program with help from its junior players and club people.

‘‘We had 65 to 75 children join us during the two days playing football or netball skill-based games and being active at the same time,’’ club committee member Gina Sozzi said.

‘‘We are big on junior development and giving back to the community.’’

Nutritional and lifestyle information was also included into the two-day program.

A highlight for many of the children was meeting and undertaking skills clinics with star senior United player Matt Spangher and Collingwood Magpies netballer Shae Brown.

‘‘It’s an opportunity for the kids to learn some new skills but, most importantly, have some fun and meet new people,’’ Ms Brown said.

‘‘It’s part of our role as a sportsperson to help juniors and encourage them to play sports and have an active lifestyle.’’

The club was helped by Golden Square Football Club’s football development officer Shaun McCormick in running the holiday program.

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