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The Newcastle Knights made the most of their trip to North Coast by holding a football skills clinic for children on Sunday after their trial match in Wauchope.

Almost 100 children made their way to Stuart Park in Port Macquarie to attend the event run by the players with many youngsters keen to learn tips and tricks from their NRL heroes.

The wide-eyed girls and boys took part in fun fitness drills, touch football games and a number of activities designed to improve ball control and game skills.

“We’ve been playing a couple of games and trying to keep it fun,” Newcastle Knight Jake Mamo said.

“We’ve been drawing and passing and have the pads out and have been running around and having fun.”

Playing the trial match at Lank Bain Oval in Wauchope was a unique experience for the NRL squad members with many surprised at the overwhelming support for both the Club and the two local teams.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It’s a nice oval out there at Wauchope and it’s a beautiful country town,” Mamo added.

“Driving in there, there were a lot of fans and probably more than I expected.

“It was fun to get there and a beautiful Saturday night to play footy.”

Tyler Randell enjoyed the chance the clinic provided to give back to the Hastings community and to meet some of the game’s younger fans.

“It’s been a good turn out for the kid and all a bit of fun on a Sunday like this,” Randell said.

“We want them to enjoy footy and get them to do something a little bit different to their club sessions.”