Although he’d disagree, Keith McCraw is known as a local legend of the Kingsford area. Born and bred just down the road from The Juniors, where he’s President and Chairman, community runs through Keith’s veins.
“This is where I grew up” said Keith. “I played junior footy here, then went on to play for the Rabbitohs, and later on I became their Coach and Development Manager for over a decade.”
While Keith’s not as hands-on with rugby league as he once was, he’s still heavily involved with the game due to his role at The Juniors. “It’s a big part of what we do, supporting grassroots teams, giving the youngsters a real go,” Keith said.
There is plenty to see and do at The Juniors; three restaurants with menus ranging from the best cuts of meat, to delicious Italian and Chinese, a fitness centre, function venues as well as a variety of entertainment on offer. “The club is about bringing people together, it’s like a family. People feel safe here, everyone knows the staff, and they can enjoy a great meal, great entertainment, at a great price”, said Keith.
The Juniors, now in its’ 62nd year has a healthy membership of 45,000 people and throughout the year holds numerous fundraisers for various organisations, such as surf clubs, ‘Meals on Wheels’, netball and soccer teams, and also families. Recently a young father, after playing in a mid-week rugby league comp, very suddenly and tragically passed away in his sleep. “We hosted an event where we raised more than $100,000 for his family,” said Keith “we help wherever we can”.
There’s no mistaking that rugby league and the people around it are the lifeblood of The Juniors, as Keith said “It’s not about profit, it’s about providing many services to the community, which is what we do.”