KINGAROY BOUND: Ryan Lester will visit Kingaroy next week to encourage kids to play AFL.
KINGAROY BOUND: Ryan Lester will visit Kingaroy next week to encourage kids to play AFL. Lions Media

Lions roar into town to get kids playing

BRISBANE Lions players will be inspiring the next generation when they visit Kingaroy next week.

AFL players Ryan Lester and Tom Joyce will be in town visiting schools and running a South Burnett community clinic at Lyle Vidler Oval on Monday, February 11, at 5pm.

The clinic will be a chance for kids to kick a footy, meet the AFL stars and get some autographs.

This year will mark Lester's ninth season with the Lions and each year he has enjoyed building the club's herd across Queensland.

"You remember what it was like as a kid when you get to meet their idols and the kids that live in the Kingaroy region don't get to see AFL players much, so it is as exciting for them as it is for us," he said.

The players' visit is in the lead up to Auskick, which will start in Nanango and Kingaroy on Monday, February 18.

"You will find that most AFL players did Auskick when they were younger," Lester said.

"It allows kids to have a go at footy at a young age and is all about having fun."

South Burnett Saints Aussie rule club president Andrew Foley said the club was excited for Auskick to return to Nanango State School at 3.15pm and Lyle Vidler Oval in Kingaroy at 5pm.

"It is about creating alternative options to keep kids doing physical activity," he said.

"We want to continue to promote as a pathway for young kids to learn the skills of the game and then to go into our localised junior footy program."

Foley said the club appreciated the Lions' efforts to take the time to help get kids into the game.

"We really appreciate them coming out, especially with their heavy training schedule and that they take a bigger picture view and realise that they have a role to play in building the game," he said.

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