Over 30 players from Port Adelaide’s AFL Side visited Whyalla on Monday to interact with local students and supporters as part of their Community Camp.
Former West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett, new recruit Connor Rozee and established star Matthew Broadbent visited Fisk Street Primary School with Power Community Limited General Manager Ross Wait.
There the players spoke about important topics such as health, fitness, diet, and education while giving students a view of their lives outside football.
Students were taken through a number of fun drills focused on exercise and were then given the chance to have Power memorabilia signed by the players.
Mr Lycett, whose grandparents live in Whyalla, said it was a great opportunity to ‘give back’ to country kids.
“I grew up in Ceduna...so I can definitely relate to these kids living in a country area. Seeing the joy on their faces brings back memories of myself being a kid at school,” he said.
“To see them happy today was really good.”
The players also spoke about the importance of staying in school and pursuing university after completing their SACE.
Mr Lycett, who is undertaking a university course while playing in the AFL, said having an outlet outside of football had been hugely important for him.
“It took me a few years to realise that if I did something outside of football it kind of takes your mind off all the pressures that come with footy,” he said.
“Enjoying things outside of footy like university and fishing really takes your mind off of what can be a pretty stressful environment.”
The shirts worn by the players featured the GFG Alliance logo, with Chairman Sanjeev Gupta having signed a sponsorship with the club.
Mr Lycett said it was great to have Mr Gupta on board, describing him as a ‘really nice guy’.
Following their visit to Nicolson Primary School, the Port Adelaide players held an AusKick clinic on Bennett Oval, having a kick with local youth.
The clinic concluded with an autograph-signing session and was followed by a Sportsmans Dinner at the West Whyalla Football Club.
Port Adelaide will interact with around 10,000 kids around the region as they visit Port Augusta and surrounding areas.