To a roaring crowd of over 7,700 people, ten-year-old Hadya Nur ran onto AAMI stadium, hand in hand with Brisbane Roar player Henrique. Having never been to a live football game, Hadya’s eyes were wide with excitement for the following 90 minutes.
“Watching live soccer is way better than watching it on TV, you get to see more close up and get to high five the players after the game,” says Hadya.
Melbourne City Football Club (MCFC) invited five Carlton Primary School students to join other kids their age to run onto the field as mascots for the game against Brisbane Roar last Sunday. Additionally, five other students, and their family and friends were invited to watch the game at AAMI stadium.
Despite the grey skies and spitting rain, the game was exciting with Melbourne City’s Mooy scoring a goal from a penalty. The Carlton Primary School kids sat smiling as they watched Melbourne City maintain their lead and go on to win the game 1-0.
At the end of the game Hadya gave players high fives as they greeted fans in the stands, and boldly nominated Mooy as her ‘man of the match’ for his goal and forward play.
As a curious ten year old, from a new and emerging community, this experience was a fantastic opportunity to experience the thrill of live sport, and the joys of supporting local teams.
“Thank you so much Melbourne City Football Club for bringing us out. It was a dream come true,” says Hadya.