The students and teachers of Numeralla Public School were thrilled recently to be given an exclusive tour of Raiders HQ by local Cooma product Sam Williams.
Numeralla Public School is made up of just 33 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and many of the students had never been to Canberra before despite barracking passionately for the Canberra Raiders.
Knowing how strongly many of the students supported the Raiders lead to Sam's mother Trish Williams, who works as a teacher's aide at the school, to contact Sam on whether or not he was available to provide the students with a guided tour of Raiders HQ and talk to them about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Numeralla is north-east of where Williams grew up in Cooma and the talented halfback was more than happy to make himself available and give the students and teachers with an intimate insight into a professional rugby league player's training schedule and diet.
"I grew up just near Numeralla and I was just like these kids when I was their age," enthused Williams. "I followed the Raiders growing up and looked up to a lot of the players so I hope today gave the kids something positive that they can remember for a long time. They were all very polite and the teachers were great so it was a pleasure to do the tour and talk to them all."
Each student received a Raiders gift pack at the conclusion of the tour which included a poster, drink bottle, lanyard and a 'Raiders Reads' book.
Williams then posed for photos with the students and chatted to them individually. A highlight of the visit was an interview performed by one of the students who was also aptly named Sam Williams. The interview was recorded by Raiders TV and will be available to be watched on the club's website.
Sam junior asked Sam senior several 'hard-hitting' questions such as "Do you have a girlfriend?" and "What shoe size are you?" to which his fellow students and teachers alike erupted in laughter.
Numeralla Principal Jo Tozer described the visit to Raiders HQ as one of the highlights of their two day excursion.
"A lot of our kids have never been to Canberra before so the trip was to provide them with a bit of a cultural highlight," said Tozer.
"The trip to Raiders HQ has been fantastic. It's been a wonderful opportunity for the kids to come out and see the Raiders headquarters because a lot of our children are Raiders fans.
"It was lovely for them to be able to come out and see the home ground, actually talk to some of the players and see where all the training happens."
"It's a big buzz for the kids to see both Sam and Brett White because they're both local boys so that was definitely a highlight and we can't thank them enough especially Sam who was kind enough to talk to the kids and give them a tour."
"Sam's a very good role model for the kids. He's got a great rapport with children and that's so important because it helps spread the message about healthy living and a healthy lifestyle which our school is really into."
"The trip will definitely be talked about around the playgrounds for some time."