St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt had a lightbulb moment on Tuesday morning.
Amid the coronavirus restrictions that see all junior and senior football cancelled for the foreseeable future, the Fox Footy expert asked himself: “What can I do?”
“I was watching Catherine doing a live Instagram workout on Tuesday and thought wouldn’t it be great to do the same for kids around the country who can’t play this weekend,’ Riewoldt told foxfooty.com.au.
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“I understand everyone is limited in terms of space. This will be from home. Not everyone will have a footy so we will keep it generic.
“My boys and me will run a backyard session. People can tune in and it gives parents 30 minutes out of the day they can lock into something.”
Riewoldt called AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan who gave his tick of approval and then set about planning a session for kids.
“We are still working out the streaming details and logistics and talking to the AFL but I can’t wait to give it a go,” he said.
“I’m hoping we can start this weekend but if not it will be soon. All they need is a footy or even rolled up socks and away we go.”
On Thursday night, Riewoldt put out an Instagram post announcing the initiative. It rapidly gained traction. Josh Jenkins commented, while Joel Selwood and Rory Sloane liked his post.
He added: “I know it’s tough out there at the moment with no footy.
“As a first time Auskick parent last year seeing the fun all the boys and girls had, the last thing we want to do is deprive them of that.”
Riewoldt’s session will be free of charge.
Stay tuned for further updates regarding Nick Riewoldt’s junior online coaching initiative.