Rugby league players often get criticised for poor off-field behaviour but Cronulla Sharks NRL players were doing their bit this week to make positive contributions on and off the field.
The Sharks held an extra special training session at Southern Cross Group Stadium today for clients of Civic Disability Services.
Cronulla invited Civic clients and staff to watch a training session and then meet the players ahead of Friday night’s game against South Sydney.
Sharks fans at Civic arrived dressed in anything and everything blue, white and black singing ‘Up Up Cronulla’.
They watched Shane Flanagan put the team through their paces and it was then up to Reefy – the Sharks mascot – to show them some of his own moves.
“Clients at Civic are some of the Sharks biggest fans,” Annie Doyle, Civic Disability Services CEO said.
“They love to watch the games and it is a hot topic of conversation at Civic Industries every Monday morning.
“We appreciate the opportunity that the Sharks have provided to watch them train and be photographed.
“We know that watching the Sharks has put a spring in their step and inspired clients to get out there and get involved.”
Veteran forward Luke Lewis, who signed everything put in front of him, said after last week’s loss to the Titans the Sharks knew they had to work hard to “get them back next time” – much to the chorus of agreement from the Civic team.
“I love the Sharks. They are my heroes,” Civic client Natalie said.
Crowd favourite Paul Gallen and the team were very generous with their time making sure that they took photos and signed jerseys, hats and posters for more than 80 Civic fans who attended.