Adelaide Crows in Fiji

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eddie Betts and a few other Adelaide Crows spent last week in Fiji to help re-build a Kindergarten and to assist AFL Fiji run clinics and support the Festival of footy in Suva.

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The Crows players/coaches were supported in getting to Fiji thanks to funding through the AFL's relationship with DFAT via the Australian Government.

Players Eddie Betts, Jake Lever and Hugh Greenwood from Adelaide gave up time during their off-season for the development of sport in the country.

"Three Adelaide Crows players stayed on the Coral Coast, visiting the school in Conua Community, helping rebuild a kindergarten building and ran school clinics. Eddie Betts, Jake Lever, and Hugh Greenwood assisted AFL Fiji staff in running development programs, teaching the participants the skills involved in Aussie Rules for the first time," AFL Fiji development officer Simon Highfield said.

"Staff also went into classrooms at the school, teaching kids about the sport of AFL and showing highlights of the Adelaide Crows players

"But allowing the children the opportunity to participate in organised sport, participate in physical activity, but also learn about AFL was the biggest win."

Highfield said the children were also taught about healthy living.

"The healthy messages were also taught to the children too, assisted by the Australian government's Pacific Sports Partnership program, allows them to realise that sport isn't all about competition, but a healthy lifestyle choice and a way to keep healthy and improve quality of life," he added.

"AFL Fiji has partnered with the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and the Ministry of Health's Wellness Program to help champion messages of healthy living across to all AFL Fiji participants."

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