The George Town Football Club is ready to rise as a proud Northern Tasmanian club, with a little help from a notable AFL goal-kicker.
Former Richmond and Port Adelaide forward Jay Schulz was at the Saints' homeground on Saturday, getting some of its youngest members excited about the upcoming season.
"I know how important local and junior footy is so I was more than happy to come down and help out in trying to get kids back into the club after last year," he said.
"I come from a small community town with about 1000 people so I know what local footy means to people."
The 35-year-old spent his time with the junior Saints running them through his marquee skill: kicking.
Heading into 2021, George Town football is finding itself at the cusp of reinvigorating its culture after a quiet 2020.
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Club seniors president Lynette Burt said participation rates in clubs across the state are declining, but there was cause for optimism in the East Tamar area.
"Our under-18s are solid, we need probably four or five more and our seniors, women's and reserves are quite strong," she said.
Junior president Shane Power said there were many avenues to help get juniors involved in local footy, including the Ticket to Play program that helps mitigate club costs for children aged 5-18 years old.
He added that the club facilities have received a number of recent improvements including upgraded change rooms and top-quality oval floodlighting.
"We've had about a million bucks invested in the infrastructure in the off-season," he said. "It's just about getting more people on the grass and getting more volunteers to help."
Burt said the 94-year-old club's rich history, which includes the Australian record for most consecutive premierships (eight), is something worth celebrating and continuing through the modern program.