How can you show you love football and helping the community at the same time?
You can do what 17 year-old Amelia Williams has done for the North Whyalla Football Club.
Amelia started playing football when nine years old, umpire since 12 and coaching since 14.
Her efforts were rewarded with a Sherrin Local Legends award on June 7.
Amelia won a bag of five sherrin footballs for the North Whyalla Football Club.
Amelia says she enjoys having an important role for the club.
“The influence you have on the kids (is the best part)...it means that you can make the club a better place and ensure that the juniors are being looked after properly,” Amelia said.
Amelia thinks it will help the entire club but also her under 10 team this season.
“This season we’re looking at taking the premiership for the under 10s, we just missed out last year so we’re keen to win,” Amelia said.
Amelia puts in around 40 hours a week at the club, some of the roles include organising training, ground inspections and filling water bottles.
The Eyre High year 12 student says her efforts are helping her complete her education.
“It helps with the community sports program, run by Eyre High School. It’s a big help in achieving my certificate in sport and recreation,” Amelia said.
Amelia hopes this can be a step in her achieving her dream profession
“(I’d like to do something) between coaching, something to do with football, whether it’s pathway or development coaching, but hopefully something within football,” Amelia said.
Amelia has also gone into the running for an AFL grand final package including tickets, flights, accommodation, a signed hawthorn guernsey, signed luke hodge football boots and a personalised football boots.
She says if she’s lucky enough to win she’ll take her Aunty Sharon because she’s a big football fan.