Dave Fa’alogo’s new role

By Joel Gould - The Queensland Times ,

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David Fa’alogo of Samoa.

David Fa’alogo of Samoa. (Photo: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images AsiaPac)

More than a footy club. When it comes to the Ipswich Jets, that is certainly the case. No club does more off the field than the Jets.

The signing of former NRL star and 2008 World Cup winner David Fa'alogo for the 2016 season will be a massive boost on the field.

But off it the 35-year-old forward will become a leader of the Heart Of Love, Learning and Achievement (HOLLA) network, a social cohesion program the Jets co-ordinate with Islander people in Ipswich and Logan.

It is not just within the city's boundaries that the Jets off-field work is bearing fruit.

Jets chairman Steve Johnson was informed last year about young Logan people who were sniffing petrol and glue and getting involved in anti-social activities. He went to work, co-opting the assistance of former NRL players to address the issues.

"So a leading member of the Samoan community Jerry Lale, myself and Preston Campbell and Clinton Toopi, together with some other people, set up HOLLA," he said.

"It is designed to use rugby league as a driver to get better outcomes for young people. The issues in Logan were that young people were sniffing and getting around upsetting people.

For more details http://www.qt.com.au/news/more-than-a-footy-club/2911314/

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