The NRL’s Penrith Panthers have shown their commitment to the Central West community and now there’s a new face from a different sport giving back to children in regional communities.
Western Sydney Wanderers star W-League goalkeeper Jada Whyman was in Bathurst on Thursday, for school clinics at Holy Family Primary School, Bathurst Public School and St Philomena's Catholic Primary School.
Earlier this week, Whyman and Wanderers staff were out at Mudgee and Orange for similar skill sessions.
She said she’s seen some talented children in her time in the Central West.
“They’ve had such a buzz about them and they give you a lot of energy to be out here,” she said.
“To see all the kids giving it a go is just fantastic.”
Whyman, who grew up in the Riverina city of Wagga Wagga, has been with the Wanderers since 2015 and has currently played 10 games for the Australian women’s under 20s side.
During her time in the Central West, she said it’s been great to see so many juniors coming out and giving football a go.
“I know a lot of the areas out here are rugby league and AFL but for us to come out here and share our game, it’s been really good,” she said.
Western Sydney Wanderers are set to play a game at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in November.
Whyman said it’s important to have A-League and W-League games out in regional areas, to give fans a chance to see games that they would not normally have the opportunity to go to.
“Not a lot of these kids would’ve seen our sport,” she said.
“To play out here, being a bit closer to home, it helps them out.”
Tickets for the game, on November 10 against the Brisbane Roar, are currently on sale.