Falcons go with Union Jack in an appeal to ‘Little Britain’ in Perth’s north

West Perth footballers Nathan Alexandre, captain Aaron Black and vice captain Luke Meadows. Photo: Martin Kennealey
West Perth footballers Nathan Alexandre, captain Aaron Black and vice captain Luke Meadows. Photo: Martin Kennealey

THE Union Jack is returning to the front of West Perth’s guernsey for the Joondalup club’s International Round this Saturday.

The Falcons first changed their jumper in 2012 for the same fixture to reach out to the high percentage of British migrants in the northern suburbs.

West Perth development officer Andrew O’Brien said the appeal to “Little Britain” was a bold move but one that “embraces our community”.

“The district has such a large international population, particularly British,” he said.

“Having only been in the role for two months I have quickly identified the uniqueness of the northern suburbs and this is certainly a unique way to promote football.

“The only thing crazier would be to have a soccer match as the pre-game entertainment.”

O’Brien said the club, also affectionately known as the Garlic Munchers in relation to its roots in Leederville, was keen to promote Aussie Rules as the “sport of choice for local kids”.

“We look forward to using the WA Football League to welcome new Australians to our area,” he said.

“We have been targeting local schools promoting the event and the junior football playing pathway.

“This International Round must be more than just a game. We need to grow the football participation base and by giving local kids a taste of the WAFL we hope they pull on the boots and pick up the oval ball.”

The Falcons are hoping for a crowd of more than 5000 at the game against Subiaco this Saturday at Joondalup Arena. Their record crowd for an International Round game was in 2015.

To download for your free family ticket visit www.falconsdistrict.com.au.