CAMPBELL Brown may have been a tough and uncompromising footballer during his 205-game AFL career at Hawthorn and Gold Coast, but he showed his soft side on Wednesday night when he visited the Dalyston Football Netball Club.
Visiting as part of the Toyota Good For Footy program, Brown took over 100 kids of all ages through a series of clinics, before signing autographs, posing for photos and answering questions.
The 2008 Hawthorn premiership player is keeping himself busy in retirement, providing special comments for Triple M Footy and Channel Seven’s VFL broadcast, as well as horse racing media work for Racing.com.
He was impressed by the Dalyston FNC during his visit on Wednesday night.
“It’s a great oval, I wasn’t sure how many people we’d have here tonight but there are a couple of hundred kids,” he said.
“It’s been a fantastic turnout. They were all full of life and happy to have a bit of fun and learn. That’s all you want.
“You see so many kids, boys and girls here. It’s great to help them out, show them some skills and just see the smiles on their faces, it’s fantastic.”
The Toyota Good For Footy initiative aims to promote grassroots football at the junior level, with past and present players visiting clubs across Australia.
Wonthaggi Toyota sponsors a number of clubs across the region and decided to choose Dalyston FNC for the visit.
The club has also been given the opportunity to take part in the Toyota Good For Footy raffle, with the club selling raffle tickets for a major prize of a Toyota Fortuner.
All proceeds from the raffle go towards the club, with tickets sold at clubs across Australia.
Dalyston FNC president Paul Dunlop thanked Wonthaggi Toyota and dealer principal Tony Cuzzupi for organising the night.
“This is really what footy clubs are all about, the kids,” he said.
“The more you can do for them, the more you can keep them involved and keep them interested in playing footy and netball, the better off we’re all going to be.”
Brown visits Dalyston