Manly Warringah Sea Eagles hosted boys from the Clontarf Foundation at Captain’s Run this morning to view preparations ahead of tomorrow’s clash and meet the team.
With 94 academies based around Australia, the aim of the Clontarf Foundation is to educate, discipline and improve employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
Former Sea Eagles Forward Nick Skinner has been a part of growing the Foundation’s presence in his home town of Wagga Wagga, NSW.
“We provide support for boys in years 7 through 12 to basically help them through school and assist with employment opportunities to give them the skills for a better life,” Skinner said.
“Rugby league is the main driving force with our branch. We train the boys a couple of times a week before school and go on camps to teach the boys about making the right choices in life.”
After enjoying his time with the Sea Eagles, Skinner decided to move back home to work with the not-for-profit organisation as well as Captain his local footy team.
“After my two-years at Manly I was lucky enough to get a gig with the Clontarf Foundation at Mount Austin High School back in 2014,” Skinner said.
“I’m playing locally now with my junior club the South City Bulls and have really enjoyed my time back at home.”