Northern, Northland team up for Schools Program

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The Northern Blues Football Club and Northland Shopping Centre’s Schools Program was a big success for the third straight year. (PHOTO: Northern Blues Football Club)

The partnership between the Northern Blues Football Club and Northland Shopping Centre continues to go from strength-to-strength with the third annual Schools Program.

Making a commitment together to engage with all facets of the community, the Northern Blues-Northland Schools Program commenced in 2014 and has wrapped up for another year.

Northern Blues players Carl Adams, Hisham Kerbatieh, Corey Le-Favi, Chris McCabe, Sam Peet and Angelos Sidhom ventured to a number of schools in the northern corridor.

Continuing to take place in term two of the school year, the program focuses on active living, improving social skills and encouraging participation – all of which has continued to be the aim since the program’s inception.

The players have ventured to Bell Primary, Holy Name, Preston South, Preston West, Reservoir East (pictured above) and Sacred Heart Preston, combining for over 1200 students who have undertaken the program.

As well as taking part in a skills session with Northern’s players, the kids also receive a Northland backpack and drink bottle, a junior Northern Blues membership and the opportunity to win a signed Carlton guernsey.

Reservoir East sports co-ordinator and school football coach Marcus Johnson said the Northern Blues-Northland schools program was an outstanding way to get the kids active and involve.

“We have a fantastic relationship with the Northern Blues – the boys come out regularly to see the kids and we thought it would be a great opportunity for the whole school to be involved in a footy clinic,” Johnson said.

“Northland providing a backpack and a water bottle is just the icing on the cake – the kids love it, to get out there, be active and consolidate that relationship with the Northern Blues and Northland is fantastic.”

Northland’s Marketing Manager Natasha O’Brien Limmer said the organisation was delighted to once again to undertake the program.

O’Brien-Limmer said it showed the strength of the partnership between the club and Northland, as well as show how invested both parties were to get involved and assist with the development of youth in the northern suburbs.

““With over 40% of the centre’s demographic comprising of young families (source: Urbis 2013 research), Northland is now in its third year as a proud sponsor of the Northern Blues Football Club and the schools program, promoting health and well-being within the local school community,” O’Brien-Limmer said.

“Northland endeavours to strengthen these community ties by extending outside the walls of a brick and mortar shopping centre and partnering with external bodies that have a shared commitment to enriching community experiences.”

For more information on organising the program to come to your school in the Northland community, email or call 03 9470 2224.

The partnership has also seen the Northern Blues, Northland and the Northern Knights join forces to launch a fitness testing and development clinic, which will take place in the school holidays.

The clinic – which is scheduled for Thursday, July 7 – is aimed for 11-15 year old boys and girls of all standards, and will include AFL Combine-style testing, visits from current AFL player/s and education sessions.