PORT ADELAIDE duo Cam Sutcliffe and Boyd Woodcock travelled to Kadina Primary School – the school they grew up at – as part of the club’s annual regional day.
The regional visits are a part of Power Community Limited’s Community Youth Program, which aims to spread messages of the importance of being active, a healthy lifestyle and respect to students.
Sutcliffe and Woodcock were joined by Connor Rozee and Trent Burgoyne at Kadina Primary, and Sutcliffe said it was a special opportunity for both the club and the country community.
“It’s really special for the club to put this sort of stuff on,” Sutcliffe told portadelaidefc.com.au.
“These students might not get the opportunities that the metro kids do. I know throughout the year we run CYP (Community Youth Programs), so for them to get the opportunity to see Connor Rozee is pretty special.
“They want to try and emulate what we do on the field a little bit, so just to come down might give them a bit of hope that their dreams can come true as well.”
Sutcliffe – who spent seven years at Fremantle – worked in Port Adelaide’s Community team before he was drafted by the Power, and saw first-hand the importance of these programs in the community.
“Clearly it’s really important for CYP to be running,” he said.
“Russell Ebert and Will Northeast do a really good job, and being a part of it last year gives you an understanding of how much the kids actually do get out of it.
“Whether it’s being active or the healthy lifestyle, it’s really important for kids to learn these things at a young age, so they can do that throughout their years.”
Woodcock reminisced on the times South Australia’s AFL clubs visited Kadina when he was a child, and how exciting that was for him.
“I remember back when I was a kid and Port and the Crows came out here and did the little clinics,” he said.
“I used to love it and absolutely froth over it. For them it’s something different, especially being an hour and a half, two hours from the city, they don’t get to experience it as much as most of the kids in the city do.
“It’s really good for everyone in the team to be able to come out, have a look around and enjoy the day.”
The exciting forward said the regional days were equally as exciting for the playing group.
“It’s a really good experience for everyone – I think a lot of the boys are country boys,” Woodcock said.
“It’s a day we get to go out as a team, and I think we see something like 30 schools and talk to about 7000 kids.
“It’s a really good experience and allows the community to experience it all as well.”