Youngsters play for special prize supporting disadvantaged peers

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When Blue Lake travelled to International’s Casadio Park on Sunday for the 12th round of the 2022 Steeline Bendigo Bank Limestone Coast Football Association season, it was about more than just 

The Under 12 and 14 boys and 13 girls teams faced off for the Four Reasons Why (FRW) Cup, which was held for the fifth season.

For the record Inter took out the crown after winning the Under 14’s and 13’s battles, but the Rangers fought hard winning the Under 12’s contest 4-3.

FRW is a charity helping local people in need since 2017 when it was founded by Mount Gambier single mother of four Trudi Shelton.

Now with a volunteer board behind her, Shelton and her team hold numerous annual campaigns to help the community and spread kindness.

One of the campaigns is the Sports Membership Assistance Program which provides local youngsters the opportunity to belong to a sporting club and make friends by staying active.

Other initiatives the charity conduct range from supplying winter clothes, essential hygiene items and Christmas gifts.

FRW founder and community development leader Shelton said the annual cup showcases all the things the charity stands for.

“FRW is dedicated to and passionate about keeping youth active,” she said.

“The FRW cup gives us a chance to partner with two fantastic community minded local soccer clubs Inter and Blue Lake to celebrate and showcase youth involved in sport.

“FRW has proudly spent over $10,500 this year alone for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to participate in their chosen sport or physical activity through our sports initiative SMAP.

“We appreciate the support from local sporting clubs such as Inter and Blue Lake and rely on this networking an united approach to shine a light on the importance of youth and sport with the FRW Cup.”

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