Footy club stepping up the pace for season return

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ST Virgil’s Old Scholars Football Club has kept players busy and engaged during the COVID-19 season postponement with a number of running challenges.

In mid-April, the playing group challenged themselves to complete the ‘100 Club’ challenge by running 100 kilometres as a team within a day.

St Virgil’s Old Scholars Football Club president Joel Berry said the club set the challenge to ensure they were engaging with its players through isolation.

“It was really important to give them a challenge they could set themselves, but also still work towards a team goal,” he said.

“Fitness was one element of it, but it was mainly about fostering connection across the group.”

Mr Berry said the majority of the playing group participated in some form, whether it was running two kilometres or 10 kilometres.

“By one o’clock we had brought up the 100 kilometres and at the end of the day we finished on more than 140 kilometres in total,” he said.

The club also competed against Brighton Football Club in a ‘Battle of the Clubs’, with the winner being the club that had run the most kilometres at the end of the week.

Final results saw St Virgil’s come out on top, beating Brighton 1079.23 kilometres to 815.82 kilometres.

There was also a reward for the individual who ran the most kilometres, which was Patrick Midson with more than 90 kilometres, and for the fastest kilometre, which was Joe Randall from Brighton.

“It was about maintaining that sense of connection,” Mr Berry said.

“During these times, clubs need to be quite flexible and creative in how they go about maintaining their connection, so the Battle of the Clubs built on the connections formed during the 100 Club.

“We’ve always had a connected and passionate playing group and they’re participating in every single thing we’re doing to improve the club.”

St Virgil’s Old Scholars Football Club is also planning on hosting a quiz night and talent show over Zoom, as well challenging players to a push-up challenge and another Battle of the Clubs to keep players engaged until the season begins.

Caption: St Virgil’s Football Club captain Jed Morgan.

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