I may have mentioned it before, but Mr N is a one-eyed Geelong supporter. It’s the start of the school holidays, and on the calendar for today was a morning of work for me and then a footy clinic with players from the Collingwood Football Club.
On one level, Mr N was happy to play football – any football. On the other, Collingwood is the team his great-grandpa goes for and so there was a lot of calling of names of Collingwood and their supporters.
Before we left, well before we left, I sat the boys down and told them to watch what they said as it wasn’t very respectful. This led to a discussion about showing respect for others (yes, even Collingwood supporters) and that if they were going to be disrespectful to the players and the other kids, then I wasn’t prepared to take them. After all, you couldn’t have a football season with only 1 team.
They thought about this and decided that they would like to go – after all, it was a chance to play footy and do drills with some awesome football players (if you’re not following AFL, Collingwood won the Grand Final last year).
So, we went along. Most kids were in Collingwood jumpers, though there were quite a few kids supporting other teams. Mr N had a fantastic time. Mummy, on the other hand, stood in the rain watching!
As well as having a great time improving his football skills, Mr N especially learned a valuable lesson in respect today.