Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Robinson in AFL Coup; Ex-Rabbitohs Star into Battle for Aussie Rules as Indigenous Program Coordinator

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Robinson in AFL Coup; Ex-Rabbitohs Star into Battle for Aussie Rules as Indigenous Program Coordinator

Article excerpt

AUSTRALIAN rules on the Coffs Coast has pulled off a mighty coup in the battle for code supremacy.

High-profile rugby league player Troy Robinson has been appointed by AFL NSW/ACT to coordinate the PaCE program for indigenous youth in the local area and after barely two weeks in the job has already conducted his first junior camp.

aEverybody knows how much I love working with kids and helping them to be the best they can be,a he said.

aMate, I'm so enthusiastic about this and reckon I was born for it.

aAlready we've taken a bunch of kids down to Bateman's Bay after Uncle Brett (Davis) came on board to lend a hand and you should have seen the faces on those youngsters.

aThey just loved it and the parents and families did as well.a

One of the best players produced locally and from a revered indigenous sporting family, Robinson played first grade NRL rugby league with South Sydney Rabbitohs before coming back to home turf to coach Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies.

He currently plays with Coffs Harbour Comets and is a member of the Group 2 senior representative team.

PaCE program manager John Love is certain Robinson is going to be a fine ambassador for the AFL.

aI am pleased Troy has started and I'm very confident he will do a fantastic job in getting the program up and running immediately,a he said.

aTroy has a passion for working with indigenous youth and families in the Coffs Harbour region.

aHe is a proud Gumbainggir man and has had previous experience working in local schools as an indigenous mentor and tutor.

aAlso, he has experience in other PaCE projects and will be based in Coffs Harbour, his home town.a

Initially, Robinson will develop contacts through Orara High School but already has a vision to spread the program far and wide.

aRight now I'm hard at work putting together a plan for this semester,a he said.

aWhat I have in mind is to get as many kids and parents involved as I can and then we'll have a launch function and really make it something special for the parents. …

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