Touchdown in Penrith

Condobolin students travelled to Sydney last Friday to meet the Penrith Panthers NRL team.

Twenty Condobolin students had the chance to travel to Sydney and meet their Rugby League heroes last week as part of the Touchdown in Penrith Condobolin Youth Centre Program.

The students were selected based on their recent behaviour and attendance record at the Condobolin Youth Centre’s meetings.

Youth Activity Officer, Christine Brandy, said the excursion was part of a mentoring partnership with the Penrith Panthers NRL team.

“The children will meet with the team before the game on Saturday and have a chat with the players,” she said.

“While in Sydney, the students will also get a chance to go ice skating, play basketball and take part in a visual arts workshop.

“The kids are all really pumped up and excited for the trip.”

Christine said the students’ behaviour had become noticeably better since the introduction of the program.

“It’s given the kids an incentive to behave,” she said.

“The program has been running for a few years now and we’ve noticed a dramatic improvement in the students over that time.

“We run the classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and do things like scrap booking, cooking and different types of sport.

“It’s about getting them off the street.”

Student Kurrin Brandy said he couldn’t wait to meet the Panthers.

“I’m really excited, I like league and I like watching the Panthers play.”


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