Melbourne Cricket Ground - Young Victorians celebrate football Rite of Passage at MCG
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Young Victorians celebrate football Rite of Passage at MCG

May 26, 2011

Hawthorn footballer Sam Mitchell and his son, Smith, on the MCG.The very popular MCG Rite of Passage event will return on Sunday May 29, 2011 - prior to the Collingwood vs West Coast Eagles match - allowing hundreds of children and their parents/guardians to share in the magic of the MCG.

Now in its seventh year, the MCG Rite of Passage event was created to introduce a new generation of sporting fans to this iconic sporting arena.

MCG Rite of Passage also provides parents and guardians the chance to relive their first memories of visiting the ‘G, continuing this great Australian sporting tradition with the next legion of football fans.

The event provides kids (up to the age of 14) with the one-off opportunity to play kick-to-kick on the MCG, the chance to meet some of their favourite AFL stars and team mascots and receive a show bag as a memento of the day.

Registrations opened earlier this month, with the available places being filled via a computer-generated ballot.

“More than 4400 kids have participated in this event since its inception and it is a highlight of our year,” said Lisa Trainor, Melbourne Cricket Club, General Manager Commercial Operations.

“To see the kids’ faces light up when they step out onto the ground is absolutely fantastic – you know that this will be a memory that they’ll treasure forever.”

MCG Rite of Passage WHAT'S ON OFFER?
A total of 550 children and their parent or guardian will receive the 2011 MCG Rite of Passage offer, which includes:

- A free child-sized Coca-Cola branded football
- Free children’s general admission entry into the MCG with the purchase of an adult ticket*.
- The opportunity to have a kick-to-kick on the ground prior to the game.
- A fantastic MCG Rite of Passage showbag.
- Access to a reserved seating area to watch Collingwood vs West Coast Eagles.
- The chance to meet AFL players and team mascots.

(*child must be aged 14 years or under at May 29, 2011)

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