Having recently presented the ‘Indigenous Football Festival’ in Alice Springs, Football Federation Australia (FFA) Indigenous Player Mentor duo, current Hyundai A-League Melbourne Heart and capped Socceroo – David Williams, together with Westfield W-League Adelaide United player Ruth Wallace, also delivered important educational messages during the festival. 

David and Ruth presented to both male and female participants, sharing their life and playing experiences with the captive audience, emphasizing the importance that commitment and dedication, combined with a healthy lifestyle, have in contributing to a long and successful career. Both David and Ruth also highlighted the effects alcohol and other drugs could have on an individual’s life and the limits it may have on one’s career.

Using real life examples, David and Ruth were able to provide all players attending the Festival a greater understanding and appreciation of alcohol and other drugs, and re-enforced the message that there is no place in life for the abuse of these substances.