FOOTBALL ROYALTY: David Staggs and Michael De Vere visited the St Joesph's Chinchilla students to teach personal and game development.
FOOTBALL ROYALTY: David Staggs and Michael De Vere visited the St Joesph's Chinchilla students to teach personal and game development.

Two Brisbane Broncos pass on important message to students

RUNNING on the field with his legs beginning to tire, his jumps not as high anymore and finding it slightly harder to catch his opposition, now ex Brisbane Bronco footballer David Stagg knew it was time to start contemplating what life after football would look like.

Studying an engineering degree during his time at the Broncos, Stagg had every intention of using it but the closer he grew to retirement the more he started to question whether he wanted to stay in the game and help with the grassroots of football.

So today he spends his time with children and travelling to schools around the state to teach the important message of personal development as well as game development.

On Thursday, November 21, St Joesph’s Chinchilla Year 6 students were fortunate enough to have a visit from Stagg and fellow ex Brisbane Bronco Michael De Vere, who came to teach them about the importance of knowing what they wanted to do as career, eating healthily and being a good character.

Such messages can be boring or repetitive for students, so the two use their status as ex-footballers to help get the message across.

“You don’t realise the impact you’re having as a football player or by having the horse’s head on your shirt what impact that can have on those sorts of kids,” Stagg said.

“It so important for us to use rugby league as a tool because everyone can relate to the Broncos.

“From there we can then provide those messages and they are more likely to listen to us on the back of that.

“That’s what I realised as a player and even more now I’m retired, is that we can use rugby league as a tool to be able to educate kids of all ages.

“It’s about giving those kids the opportunity they normally wouldn’t get.”

With times changing and children spending more time on their phones or computers, the team believes these messages are more important than ever.

“You see more and more, and every generation probably says it, but you see the difference from when we were kids and what we were able to do,” Stagg said.

“Even the lifestyle changes now. The getting out in the backyard and kicking the football around, climbing trees, going down to the nearest park and just being kids. You don’t see that much anymore. Whether that be because both parents are working and don’t have that opportunity to do that.”

Lifeline also joined the Broncos and taught the students about gambling and how some games on their phones or iPads could encourage gambling.

The visit was made possible by sponsors and partners including Lifeline and the Dalby Leagues Club.