Nic Nat gives pat on back to diversity day
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.”
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Nic Naitanui and some of the participants from Osborne Primary School.