STH AFRICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP 2016
We thank the following sponsors for their generosity for our 2016 trip
Every second year the St. Mary’s Sporting Club in partnership with the AFL organise a cultural exchange trip overseas. This trip is organised bi-annually so every boy who goes through the junior program gets the opportunity to go on this life changing experience. The group that goes is the top age U16 and first year U18 boys (so this year’s U16 group).
Trips gone too so far have been Ireland, Cape York, Weipa and the past 2 trips to Sth Africa where we have formed a fantastic relationship with AFL Sth Africa.
To enable every boy a chance to go on the trip it is not a requirement that a parent has to attend with them but we do need a significant number of parents (good to have ration of 1 adult to 2 – 2.5 boys). The past 2 trips have had between 40 – 50 people going.
Whilst 3 games of football are played against AFL Sth Africa U18 team in different provinces, the football is only the mechanism for the trip with the main purpose being to understand the different cultures of the place we visit and mixing with the people is the highlight.
The club works with the AFL and AFL Sth Africa and our great sponsor Greg Cooke from Hello World to get fantastic discounts on our accommodation, travel and places we visit. The club also raises significant funds to subsidise the boys trip with adults going paying the full discounted price. The AFL are keen to support the trip again in 2016 and we will play a game as a curtain raiser to a Grand Final in South Africa as part of this.