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Power to be Positive 2019

During the lead up to our ANZAC round clash against North Melbourne the Power Community team hosted Australian Defence Force families as part of the Power to be Positive Program coordinated by Will Northeast.

Over 200 family members were in attendance on a beautiful sunny day at Alberton Oval. The day started off with a tour of the facilities run by former player Alipate Carlile and club great Russell Ebert, followed by a coaching clinic run by Port Adelaide players Robbie Gray, Brad Ebert, Tom Rockliff, Matthew Broadbent, Ryan Burton and Zak Butters.

The kids experienced goal kicking, a kicking drill and Specky inflatables with their favourite Power players. After the clinic there was a big signing session and each child received a Power to be Positive water bottle for attending the day.

From this event, we were able to offer Australian Defence Force Families a family pass to attend our ANZAC match against North Melbourne and 30 lucky children an opportunity to participate in our Guard of Honour, giving them the chance to be on the field as the players run out through the banner. Over 1,000 tickets were redeemed by the families and the children who took part in the Guard of Honour had the experience of a lifetime.

“My eldest son, Angus (nine years old), was thrilled to be able to participate in the tour of the club and the skills lessons. In particular, he was in awe of the senior players who were so generous in giving their time to the young fans. My younger son, Hugh (five years old), displayed an excitement I have never seen in him when he waved his flag on the Adelaide Oval while the senior players ran onto the oval prior to beating North Melbourne by 16 points. The free tickets, gift packs, BBQ, use and tour of facilities displayed a generosity to us which we are both incredibly grateful for, and humbled by. For the staff and players of the club to give their time so generously left an indelible mark on all those who attended.”

Tim Miller – Warrant Office Class Two (Chief Clerk 16 Air Land Regiment)

“I just wanted to write and say thank you to yourself and the Port Adelaide Football Club for the opportunity to attend the ANZAC day round. It was the first AFL match our children have attended and they had a wonderful time. They are still raving about it! We really appreciate the support the club shows towards Defence families.” Brad Tarrant

Coming up on the 12th of May, four members of the Community team are flying to Penang, Malaysia to re-visit the Butterworth base and coordinate the Power to be Positive program at three International schools with ex pat Australian students. At the schools, Ross Wait, Jake Battifuoco, Alipate Carlile and Will Northeast will be facilitating classroom activities on topics including fixed vs growth mindsets, mindfulness, gratitude and goal setting whilst also teaching the kids Aussie Rules with a clinic.

When staff visit Butterworth they will be facilitating a PT session with 20 soldiers followed by a resilience workshop for 120 soldiers. After the workshop there will be a footy skills session with the Air Force finishing off with a tour of the base. On the final night in Penang, the staff will hold a family event for all Australian families, which will include a bbq and kick and catch.

The Power to be Positive program will then continue on June the 12th when 16 schools that are a part of the Defence School Mentor Program come together at Alberton. There will be up to 200 students that will be involved with the Power to be Positive program. This year footy-based activities will be used throughout the wellbeing and resilience program.

For more information please contact wnortheast@pafc.com.au