There has been a split in the ranks of the Bega Bombers.
In fact, there are five splits, but they are all for a good cause.
Senior players in the club have split into five competing groups each supporting a local charity.
The idea is the brain child of senior player Scott Hay.
The idea is to have the groups compete against each other during the pre-season and throughout the year in both training and in raising awareness of their chosen charity.
Breast Cancer research, Prostate Awareness, The Dylan Lennon Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the Woolworths House charity are the five chosen charities and each team has chosen a different training singlet to denote their allegiance.
Club president Justin Welsford said while each of the teams will engage in some fundraising activities to support their chosen charity, they’ll work equally hard to raise the profile of the organisation.
“Obviously the club is very close to the Dylan Lennon Foundation, set up to remember one of our own who died so sadly last year,” Welsford said.
“And some of our players families have been affected by the problems these charities are associated with.
“It’s our way of trying to give something back to our community.”
The Dylan Lennon Foundation will be the first to receive practical support from the Bombers.
The Bombers have arranged a practice match for March 22 involving four clubs.
The clubs will meet the Ulladulla Dockers and the Swan Reach and Lindenow South clubs from the Omeo League in a day-long round robin competition.
“Normally of course we’d never think of charging admission to a practice match,” Welsford said.
“However, this is something different.
“Some top class football will be on show and we’ll ask for a donation at the showground gate with the money going to the Dylan Lennon Foundation.
“We’ll also be holding raffles during the day and our major sponsor The Commercial Hotel is pledging a big night at which we’ll conduct some more fundraising.”
Welsford said fundraising won’t be the only activity of the charity groups.
“There’ll be a big emphasis on raising the profile of the groups with information sessions to be a feature,” he said.