LOCKWOOD Primary School students got a chance to go head-to-head with some of Marong's best footballers.
The students took part in kicking and marking drills with the senior players from the Panthers as part of the Footy Finals in Schools program, which is run by AFL Central Victoria's football development manager Rick Coburn.
Coburn said the program was a great chance to promote a club's success of playing in finals with their local schools and community.
"Pathways are so important in today’s communities," he said.
"Local football clubs are aware of this and are keen to develop stronger links in our game, and schools are vital in this relationship."
Coburn said Marong FNC had been a strong supporter of the initiative. Several Lockwood students play with Marong, and Coburn said it was important senior players helped with the development of the region's next generation of footy stars.
Coburn said building a link between juniors and senior players was vital.