BALLARAT primary school pupils flocked to the Eureka Stadium yesterday to receive coaching from star North Melbourne goal sneak Lindsay Thomas.
More than 200 students from grades 3 and 4 across 14 Ballarat district schools played in a nine-a-side round robin event as part as the Lindsay Thomas Cup.
The round robin also featured an indigenous all-star team, which was coached by Thomas and comprised Aboriginal youngsters from across the Ballarat region.
Buninyong Primary School defeated the indigenous team by 18 points in the final.
The day began with an indigenous workshop that featured traditional dance and music before the students participated in skills lessons as part of the North Melbourne Football Club’s Huddle in Schools program.
The program has been initiated in 25 Ballarat district schools this year, and alongside the University of Ballarat, the North Melbourne Football Club has spent several weeks teaching the pupils how sporting organisations can be used to bring a community together.
Thomas was happy to take a step away from his stellar season in the AFL and support Ballarat’s indigenous community.
“It’s great to be able to reach out to the Ballarat kids and help give back to the community,” Thomas said.
“This is the first time I’ve met these kids and it’s great to see an indigenous side take part – it’s good to see an event with my name on it supporting a cause that’s close to me,” he said.