Melbourne Storm inspire at risk teens

Melbourne Storm, in partnership with The Salvation Army and Lumo Energy provided a group of at risk teenagers from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from the experiences of some of Melbourne’s finest NRL athletes.

Melbourne Storm - Lumo Energy Clinic

The clinic forms part of the Salvation Army Tools For The Trade initiative, an award winning eight week trade orientation program aimed at assisting young people aged 15 to 21 who are disengaged from mainstream schooling and are at risk of long term unemployment.

A mix of both current and past members of the Tools For The Trade program walked out onto Gosch’s Paddock, next to AAMI Stadium, with players from both the Melbourne Storm NRL squad and the U20s team to take part in a one hour NRL master class on Monday 18 August.  The Storm players taking part were Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hinchcliff, Mahe Fonua, Justin O’Neill and Kenny Bromwich.  In addition U/20 players also worked with the students to put them through their paces including Billy Kitt, Suliasi Vunivalu and Francis Tualau.
Melbourne Storm - Lumo Energy Clinic - Drills

Melbourne Storm’s club ambassador and Australian rugby league legend, Robbie Kearns, ran the clinic and shared his experience and wisdom with the at-risk youth as did the players. 

Melbourne Storm - Lumo Energy Clinic - Group

“This is the first time we have worked with The Salvation Army and our players were excited to spend some time sharing their experience and skills with The Tools For The Trade students.  They shared their insights into how anything is possible by harnessing motivation, self-belief and goal setting.”

Melbourne Storm - Lumo Energy Clinic - Robbie Kearns

Dr Bruce Redman, Territorial Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army said, “It was a fantastic opportunity Lumo Energy presented for the teenagers in our Tools For The Trade program to be inspired by the knowledge and work ethic of Melbourne Storm’s professional athletes.

“These teenagers are often troubled and at-risk of giving up on formal education – interacting with professional athletes who they look up to can be an incredibly positive experience.”

The Tools For The Trade students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and greatly appreciated the Storm players taking the time to talk with them about their inspirations and aspirations as well as train along side them.

The relationship between Melbourne Storm and The Salvation Army was fostered by Lumo Energy, who has associations with both organisations and saw the opportunity to bring them together.

“We’ve been working with The Salvation Army for over a year now, and we saw this clinic as a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the Tools For The Trade program and provide the teens with an invaluable life experience,” said Tim Harrington, Executive General Manager of Marketing and Sales at Lumo Energy.

Find out more about Tools For The Trade.

For more photos of the day click here

Date: 22 August 2014
Category: Lumo Community

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