Adelaide Crows football star Eddie Betts brings books, football clinic to kids in Strathalbyn, Raukkan

Although he was in town to promote a children's book series, people of all ages filled the Strathalbyn Football Club rooms to meet Adelaide football star Eddie Betts.

Betts recently released two books in a new series, 'Eddie's Lil Homies', which talk about themes such as kindness and acceptance, mental health, and being environmentally friendly.

He visited the Strathalbyn Football Club on Thursday, October 10 to read through the first book, My Kind, with children of all ages.

It was an interactive session, as he brought several children on stage to read different characters' lines and to share acts of kindness they had done.

After reading through the book, he held a question-and-answer session with the children, which the many adults were invited to take part in as well.

With much discussion around Betts' playing future happening during the current AFL trade period, it was a child who asked him: "Is it true that you're moving to Carlton?"

Betts joked with the boy that the Channel 10 crew which was in attendance had "mic'd him up", before saying "nothing has happened yet".

He did say he hoped to play for another three years, if his body holds up.

A parent asked if he would consider making the children's books into a television series.

"I've been approached by a producer at the ABC," he said.

"It could be made into snippets, like Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol. Hopefully we'll get it done and turn it into a cartoon."

The session finished with a footy clinic for the children, which included learning how to snap goals just like Betts.

Betts told The Times the Fleurieu visits - to Strathalbyn and to Raukkan the day before - had been "unbelievable".

"I'm here to make the kids smile, but I don't see the extent of the talking (about the visit) which happens in the weeks afterwards," he said.

"I come to the community and the town to make an impact.

"I love the excitement it brings."

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