Higher learn­ing in Aussie Rules

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

RICK the Rock and his Ea­gles in the Com­mu­nity team vis­ited nearly 30 schools around Perth to help stu­dents kick off the new term.

The Ea­gles also went back to univer­sity through West Coast Ea­gles 101, an an­nual pro­gram de­signed to give in­ter­na­tional univer­sity stu­dents their first taste of Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball.

Some 27 stu­dents at­tended the Ea­gles clash against Mel­bourne on Satur­day, al­low­ing them to see first-hand what the na­tion’s favourite foot­ball code is all about.

This week they will tour West Coast fa­cil­i­ties and learn more about the game, in­clud­ing rules, po­si­tions, teams and high­lights.

West Coast’s com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor James Grab­ski said Ea­gles 101 was an ini­tia­tive through the club’s part­ner­ship with ECU.

“Hope­fully this is the start of a life­long pas­sion for the game, and of course, a pas­sion for the club.”

At Kennedy Bap­tist Col­lege, high school stu­dents learned about the train­ing re­quire­ments of an AFL player, nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion, in­jury man­age­ment and pre­ven­tion as part of an Ea­gles In­sight pre­sen­ta­tion.

The High School pro­gram al­lows schools to choose from a va­ri­ety of top­ics in­clud­ing cy­ber bul­ly­ing, lead­er­ship and goal set­ting and is pro­vided free to in­ter­ested schools.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

Sev­eral in­ter­na­tional stu­dents were able en­joy a taste of AFL at West Coast's game against Mel­bourne.

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