A Murray Bushrangers contingent was in town yesterday, teaching the region’s youngest footballers how to best apply their natural talent to the game.
For Bushrangers coach Leon Higgins, the school holiday clinic at Kialla Recreation Reserve was also about identifying potential future superstars.
‘‘They’re talent ID days as far as we’re concerned, we do some athletic testing with these older boys in the 12 to 14 sort of age bracket,’’ Higgins said.
‘‘We identify kids who have got good athletic traits and then we take them through some footy stuff as well, so we can keep an eye on the talent coming through in this part of the world.’’
As well as a more experienced group, the clinic was also ran for those just starting out in the sport, which Higgins said was just as important.
‘‘We’re based in Wangaratta, but obviously really well served by the Shepparton-Mooroopna area and even further out into the Goulburn Valley,’’ he said. ‘‘So it’s good for us to get across and people get a little bit of a better understanding of what we’re all about I suppose.’’
Murray players Angus Hicks, Zane Barzen and Kyle Clarke helped run the clinics, increasing their own understanding of why the organisation does what it does.
‘‘The boys really enjoy working with the younger kids as well, it’s always good to see our players as 17 and 18-year-old boys taking a civic responsibility I guess doing work in the community, because essentially that’s what that is today, so it’s great leadership from them,’’ Higgins said.
And while numbers were down yesterday, Higgins was still pleased with the overall turnout.
‘‘Numbers were a little down, but we kind of expected that given it was the end of the footy season and not the start or the middle, but I think over both age groups we were reasonably happy,’’ Higgins said.