After a bumper 2017 full of touring and hit-making with two time aria award winning duo A.B. Original, Shepparton rapper Briggs came back to where it all began to give back.

Earlier this year, the proud Yorta Yorta man announced his record label, Bad Apples Music, would sponsor the junior teams at Rumbalara Football Netball Club. The sponsorship deal is worth $15 000 and Briggs said it was important to give back to a club which had given him so much in his younger years.

“I was here from when I was nine or 10. The club becomes such a big part of your life,” Briggs said. “These kids will be here three nights a week and then on game day. It really becomes a big part of your routine.” In his younger years Briggs was a dedicated junior player at the club and, although he eventually focused on his passion of music, he has fond memories of his time at Rumbalara.

“Especially when you are indigenous your best friends are all your cousins, so I was out there playing with my mates and that means the world,” he said. “I got to a point where I was able to comfortably give back and make something real.”

“If they need equipment, footy boots, tracksuits, they don’t need to worry about it.” Briggs was out on the field with the juniors for the announcement and, despite his rising level of fame in the music world, said he was just another person at the club. “They all know me as their uncle. They know what I do but I’m not inaccessible, I am not too cool for school,” he said.

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