Indigenous connection stronger than ever
- Monday, 18 March 2013
The Subiaco Football club have developed a strong relationship with Aboriginal communities in the last 18 months, with 14 players of indigenous heritage now representing our 16’s and Colts sides.
These players are a product of our community engagement programs which originated in 2011; which highlights one of the goals as detecting and helping indigenous kids from our Balga and Kalgoorlie zones who want to take their football to the next level.
Community Programs Manager Neil Arnold works arduously in creating a relationship with the kids and has been pleased with the results achieved in such a short time.
“The kids have responded with excitement to the initiative and have embraced the chance better themselves as footballers.”
“The goal of the program is to give these kids an opportunity, to get involved and get seen by our development officers at the Subiaco Football Club and be identified as future footballers. Along with this we reinforce the importance of maintaining their attendance and behaviour at school and teach them how to be a leader.”
“These kids are developing their own culture with current Indigenous players like Trent Garlett, Ian Penny and Justin Woodley visiting schools and showing the younger kids they have something to strive for.”
16’s representative Ian Penny made this pride clear on his last visit to Balga Senior High School where he mentioned how proud he was to have 14 noongar boys representing the Subiaco Football Club.
With the initial steps of the program a resounding success Neil Arnold is looking towards the future.
“We currently have two schools in Kalgoorlie and one in Perth that we work with. With further sponsorship and funding we could expand into other areas and interact with more kids.”
To demonstrate our current community reach the Subiaco Football Club are also donating a NAIDOC jumper to Aquinas College in 2013 to be framed as a testament to our strong links to indigenous communities.