Kids relish power of the Giants

KIDS had a ball with GWS Giants players Stephen Coniglio and Gerald Ugle at Plumpton Public School recently.

It was one of the first schools in the district to adopt AFL as a sport, which years 3-6 can play in terms one and four.

It's not the first time GWS Giants have visited the school.

The Giants' 2011 number one draft pick Jonathan Patton was a big hit with pupils earlier this year.

They've also had a kick with former Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley.

"It's a great way to get kids involved in the local clubs in their area," the school's AFL co-ordinator Bronwyn Bailey said.

"We have a lot of kids who now play for Rooty Hill Power. The kids love it when the players visit. They get inspired as the players talk about the paths they went through, the discipline needed and school work."

It's hoped the school will have a side strong enough to compete in the Tony Lockett Shield over the next few years.

Mrs Bailey, who's on the Giants educational committee, says the club will look at implementing programs such as league's Panthers On the Prowl down the track.

The greater western Sydney region enjoyed the highest rate of growth in participants. NSW/ACT AFL regional manager Dean Connors said it was important to spread the word about AFL.

"We're lucky to have the Giants as our local team and it's great the guys spend so much time in the community," he said.

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