Nic Nat gives pat on back to di­ver­sity day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

with Josh Kennedy do­ing like­wise across Perth, ei­ther join­ing the ruck­man at MacDon­ald Park or at­tend­ing sim­i­lar events at Tom Bate­man Sport­ing Com­plex in Thorn­lie or Mor­ris Buza­cott Re­serve in Kardinya.

The Gala Day is run by the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion to in­tro­duce chil­dren from a va­ri­ety a of dif­fer­ent back­grounds to foot­ball.

Many schools are lo­cated in low so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas and the WAFC pro­vides fund­ing to en­sure all stu­dents are able to at­tend.

This year more than 1000 stu­dents from 19 schools took part in ba­sic skills along­side some of the AFL’s big­gest stars.

Nai­tanui, an AFL mul­ti­cul­tural am­bas­sador, said the ef­fect of pro­grams fo­cused on mak­ing foot­ball ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple of all back­grounds and abil­i­ties was be­com­ing ob­vi­ous through the WAFL and AFL.

“Grow­ing up as a kid it was hard to see too many guys from dif­fer­ent back­grounds but now you look at ju­nior clubs, look at the WAFL in par­tic­u­lar, you see a lot of guys that have come through these clin­ics,” Nai­tanui said.

“A few of those guys are get­ting a chance now at AFL level, which is awe­some to see.”

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

Nic Nai­tanui and some of the par­tic­i­pants from Os­borne Pri­mary School.

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