Osborne and North Balga students get footy tips from Nic Nat


Nic Naitanui shows some students how to handball.
Nic Naitanui shows some students how to handball.

OSBORNE and North Balga Primary School children were given the opportunity to kick the footy with West Coast Eagles players early this week.

The WA Football Commission (WAFC) hosted an AFL Multicultural Gala Day on Monday, with special guests from the West Coast Eagles including AFL multicultural ambassador Nic Naitanui.

The Multicultural Gala Day is run every year with children from local primary schools coming together to learn new skills and play footy guided by Eagles players.

Many students experienced footy for the first time at the workshop.

The event aims to give children from multicultural backgrounds a taste of Australian Rules football with the hope that they will continue their involvement in footy into the future.

WAFC, in partnership with the AFL clubs, WAFL clubs and districts, runs more than 70 community programs across WA

WAFC community development officer Adam Cockie said sport was an excellent way for community members to increase their participation in WA society.

“Australian football is a vehicle that encourages community strengthening and inclusion within the wider Australian community,” Mr Cockie said.

“The WAFC’s multicultural programs are enabling more young talent to be identified and giving more opportunities to aspiring young AFL players.”