GOLDEN Square junior footballers and netballers can expect to be fighting fit when the start of the 2019 season rolls around.
That will be in large part due to a new partnership between the club and the Golden Square-based Hit Factory Boxing Club run by Victorian junior state team coach Danniel Burton.
As part of the union, Bulldogs youngsters have been hitting the Allingham Street gym on a weekly basis for special fitness sessions under the watchful eye of Burton and his instructors.
“It’s less about boxing, but more about fitness, co-ordination, resilience and mental strength,” Burton said.
“I personally believe that strong and fit teams create success.
“I’ve seen many adult football and netball players from Golden Square come through my gym, as well as some kids from the junior club.
“I’ve always had an interest in the sporting success of people in our local community and I am really keen to support the Golden Square Football Netball Club juniors.”
It’s less about boxing, but more about fitness, co-ordination, resilience and mental strength.Danniel Burton
The Hit Factory has long been involved in offering youth programs, including the highly successful Blue Light program run in conjunction with Bendigo Police.
Golden Square Football Netball Club Juniors committee member and coaching and player development director Jayson Lowther was confident the extra work in the gym would pay off on the field and on the court.
“When speaking to Danniel we knew that his philosophies aligned with that of our club, and that is to provide an opportunity for every individual to reach their full potential while still having fun in a safe environment,” he said.
“We were excited when our partnership formed, which will enable our older age junior players to be exposed to a diverse training program that is not just about the footy field or netball courts – and without any cost to our club members.”
Bulldogs vice-president and pastoral care chaplain Tom Cecil said he was confident this was the beginning of ‘a long and valued partnership.
He said the club was grateful for Burton and the Hit Factory’s generosity and support of the club.
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