Geraldton’s young footy fanatics gave local police a run for their money when they swapped their uniforms for a guernsey this week. The game between officers and Champion Bay Senior High School’s Clontarf Academy was organised as part of Geraldton police’s youth engagement program. Sgt Nathan Johansen said games were played with Geraldton’s two Clontarf Academy campuses each term, giving local youth the chance to build positive relationships with police. “The police’s role here is engaging with these youth, showing a different side of policing. We are very approachable and we want to show these young guys that,” he said. “They are a bit of fun … and we never know, we might get a few of them who want to come back and police their town as young Indigenous men in the community.” CBSH Clontarf Academy operations officer Kyrone Bradley said the students would count down the days to the games with police. “They love it, any time there is a match like this the boys are all over it,” he said. “This isn’t the only activity we do, but this is one of the ones that gets a lot of boys to it.” Mr Bradley said initiatives like these encouraged students to engage with school and have the confidence to seek help from police if they needed it. “These group of boys are all regular attenders of school, always doing the right things in classes and good boys out in society as well,” he said. While it was a competitive contest, there was no winner at the end of the game with no one keeping score.