The Welsh Group is very proud supporters of the Rockbank Rams Sporting Club.  We continue our interview with Simon Vannuccini, their sponsorship co-ordinator.

Can you tell us about Auskick and how it benefits sporting ability for future Aussie football stars?

Auskick is a major program delivered by the AFL through local sporting clubs.  Auskick offers the opportunity for all children from the ages of 5 upwards to undertake in activities of football aimed to develop basic skills that kids can take towards graduating through higher levels of the sport. Moreover, it’s the chance for kids to have fun and help build social confidence. The club has seen a year on year increase in registered kids since the club became involved. Held each Saturday morning from 8:30am, the activities are led by “Terra” Grant Harrison and often includes senior, reserves and under 18 players. This year we expect to see 25+ kids registered with the club.

Is education around healthy eating a priority for the team?

The club has always embraced a healthy lifestyle which includes diet and healthy activities. The club’s intent is to present itself as a safe and healthy environment. Our coaches and trainers make the conscious effort to include these topics during training and at club social events. Our brand is one of the most important things to us as we rebuild and evolve. Through engagement of local businesses, we are including local physio therapists to help provide professional advice for preventative education and rehabilitation from injuries to members of the club. We have also secured an arrangement with a local gym to provide fitness classes and facilities to staff and players.

The club is undergoing a major refurbishment, what can the members expect of the new rooms upon completion?

The club realised that in order to accommodate juniors, their families, current/future players and all involved with the club, we need to provide a refurbished clubroom. The rooms are tired, lack cooling/heating and overall requiring a sprucing. We hope these will be shared facilitates with the community and where the club can hold more events to reduce ongoing costs. We are currently working with local businesses and the council to commence this.

We are currently running a major fundraiser initiative to raise $30,000. These funds will help to kick start the project!

We’re all excited about the upcoming season, what can you tell us about that?    2017 is promising to be an exciting year for the club.  Our plans are focused towards on and off-field activities helping drive the club towards success and we’ve already had some great wins.

Our Netball will field four sides this year which now includes an A-grade side. Our initial practice matches against Gordon saw all four teams winning their games which is great motivation and confidence leading into our next practice match and official season. The sides are led by new coaches Elizabeth Masterson and David Vining. We have seen consistent participation during preseason. This is a credit to the professionalism of the coaching and support staff.

Football, similar to netball, has seen the injection of new players and the retention of most of last year’s playing group. The seniors are led by new coaches Leighroy Sporle and Leigh McInerney. Both seniors and a combined reserves/under18s teams had success playing against Albanvale over the weekend and although these were practice matches, it was visibly noticeable that the team’s fitness levels and commitment was not absent. Some very positive signs heading into the season commencing April 8 under lights against Melton Centrals at Arnold’s Creek.

The club is also extremely excited that after many years of junior absence, we will field an under 10 football team (boys and girls) under the new banner of the Western Rams. Keeping with tradition, the apparel and playing jumpers although different from our seniors, will maintain the traditional red, black and white colours.  The juniors will be coached by an experienced Gavin Sporle who coached our senior team in 2016.

The club through its committee and members will continue to work relentlessly on key areas in the club as we focus on becoming a gold rated club within the league.  This will provide us a sense of achievement and attract new members to the club.  We plan to exist for many years to come!

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