If the South Coast Wolves’ off-field contribution is to match their on-field performance in 2014, they are in for a bright year.
The club has been working behind the scenes before the new season and recently embarked on a partnership with the William Campbell Foundation for foster care children.
Wolves players welcomed more than 20 children to a post-training function last week.
After the successful visit, coach Richard Lloyd was buoyed by the prospect of continuing the relationship throughout the campaign.
‘‘The boys are super keen. We are going to benefit from this as well with players realising that other people in our community are doing it tough,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘Obviously the Wolves have done it tough in certain circumstances as well and we just want to have that community feel about it.’’
Foundation case work manager Tracey Billett is also enthusiastic about the partnership.
‘‘The team were so great on the night and they also show the children how hard they work to achieve their goals,’’ Billett said.
‘‘We hope that they can inspire our children and young people to achieve their goals as well.
‘‘All the players were really encouraging and engaging.’’
With over 60 children in its care, the foundation helps provide accommodation and care for homeless, abused and neglected children.
The outing with the Wolves is part of a process to help rebuild the children’s lives.
‘‘It gives them a chance to build relationships with positive role models who can help increase their confidence and self esteem,’’ Billett said.
‘‘It is an opportunity for them to develop new skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.’’