Former Canberra Raiders prop Jeff Lima has wasted no time settling into life after football having become a Youth Worker with the Canberra Police Community Youth Club (PCYC).
“It’s good to come and work here with the PCYC,” Lima said. “It’s a little bit challenging with the kids but at the end of the day, if they get a bit of a smile on their face and there’s a little bit of change, I think I’ve done my job.”
Since starting the role, Lima has been using his profile as a footballer to help the children who are disengaged with school.
“I help them with their school work, talk about footy obviously, play a little bit of sport afterwards and take them out on adventures,” Lima said.
Since retiring from playing professional rugby league, Lima has decided to play in the Austbrokers Canberra, Canberra Raiders Cup for the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
Despite his previous experience as a two-time NRL Premiership winner, Lima knows it will be a tough experience.
“You don’t know what it’s like when you come from professional footy to park footy,” Lima said. “There’s a lot of passionate fans out there so I’ll give it a good go.
One familiar face for Lima at the Kangaroos is their coach Aaron Gorrell.
“He’s a good fella,” Lima said. “I played against Goz years ago when I was first coming through. I used to run over him when I was young, so when I start training I’ll remind him of that!”
During his time with the Kangaroos, Lima wants to combine his passion for rugby league and helping youth.
“I want to help the Under 16’s and 18’s whenever I can, just to be a mentor for the young front rowers,” Lima said.