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WA Football Satisfaction Survey

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 4:26 PM

With the 2016 season now finalised, we wanting to seek comment from all players, parents and stakeholders in WA Footy in regards to your views and satisfaction whilst football is still fresh in your mind.

We'd greatly appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to complete our annual survey. Whether you're a player, coach, official, volunteer, umpire or just love footy, your views can help shape the way our game is delivered in WA. 

Please click on the below link to access the WA Football Satisfaction Survey
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyHqwPZxwQCPUZDQjxiiVhhJxiEH747pbWfQrYIU_gXyPahg/viewform

Dockers Anchor at EDOS

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:32 PM

The long-awaited northern sporting fields and pavilion at Ellenbrook District Open Space are now officially open. Ellenbrook’s local sporting teams can now make full use of the Ellenbrook District Outdoor Space northern playing fields.

The brand new facility has more than enough space for two full-size AFL ovals and five junior AFL ovals, music to the ears of the ever expanding Ellenbrook Dockers JFC. The Dockers are also enjoying a brand new pavilion that has meeting rooms, change rooms, clubrooms, bar and catering facilities.

Ellenbrook Eels Football Club and Junior Club Ellenbrook Dockers will soon start using the oval for training and match days, which is a welcome change to their old facilities at Coolamon. Premier Colin Barnett said at the opening ceremony the complete projects would form one of the best and most comprehensive sport and recreation precincts in the State.

“This is not some little sporting club pavilion, it services two very strong clubs and the wider sports and recreation complex,” he said. “The Ellenbrook District Open Space will draw even more people to the area through sporting competitions, events and recreational facility use and hopefully attract more people into sport and physical activity, which will contribute to the overall wellbeing of our community.”

The opening of this new facility represents a great opportunity for not only the Royals District but the WAFL club as well, with state of the art facilities on offer it is expected that many more exhibition games and development squad trainings will be held in a community that has produced some top class talent in the last few years.

The Langley Experience

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:22 PM

AFL returned to Langley Park on Sunday, July 5th for the East Perth Football District NAB Auskick Gala Day. The event had a terrific turn out with over 350 Auskickers taking part, with 33 teams playing over 16 football grids. It was a day to remember for all involved and a special thank you must go to the Auskick Coordinators and Coaches at each of our junior clubs.

Steeped in a rich history including having been the site of Perth’s first airstrip, Langley Park has previously been home to major events such as large-scale concerts, the World Rally Championship, Circus de Soleil and the Red Bull Air Race. The Auskick Gala Day is the first step in the East Perth Football Districts’ plan to claim Langley Park as a home for football for the district.

The aim of Auskick Gala Days is to provide a safe environment for children to engage in friendly competition. To this end, the motto for the day is "Have a go and have fun", and upon reflection, we all did. A big thank you also goes to the East Perth Football Club for providing League and Reserves players who umpired matches on the day.

Days such as this would not be possible without the help of our sponsor NAB. Through their NAB AFL Auskick Local Activity Fund, which gives NAB employees the opportunity to provide much needed support to Auskick centers across the country, employees from the Midland branch generously donated their time and resources on the day.

We look forward to returning to Langley Park in 2016 for more events, programs and special football initiatives. For further information regarding Gala Days or Auskick please contact Corey Ranger at cranger@wafc.com.au or on 0403 350 814.

Bakari Royals Shoot for the Stars

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:22 PM

The Royals District is again seeking to dip its toe in the multicultural space with the delivery of the Bakari Royals program at Britannia Reserve. The program, which is designed to increase the number of boys from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds playing junior football, starts on the 30th July and wraps up on the 3rd September.

Royals District staff is scheduling a series of Freo House Footy sessions at selected secondary schools in the Royals District including Aranmore Catholic College to drive the development of a CaLD development squad now known as the Bakari Royals. Bakari is Sudanese for ‘promising’, which epitomises the philosophy behind the Bakari Royals.

The Royals District is engaging boys aged 13 to 17 from countries as diverse as Afghanistan and Sudan. Royals District Participation Officer, Corey Ranger hopes the program will produce the next generation of East Perth FC stars and also play a part in supporting the boys to achieve off-field success.

The scene has been set at Britannia Reserve on Thursdays between 4pm and 5pm with Royals District and East Perth FC staff teaming up to provide the next batch of Bakari Royals with specialist coaching services aimed at exposing CaLD communities to pathways in the East Perth Junior Competition and WAFL Development Squads.

But, Britannia Reserve is merely scratching the surface on the unlimited potential of the Bakari Royals program, with discussions now starting in the suburbs of Ellenbrook and Mirabooka to expand the scope of the Bakari Royals program in the Royals District. Should you need more details or would like to become a member of the Bakari Royals, please get in touch with Corey on 0403 350 814 or do@eastperthfc.com.au

Royals Celebrate Year of the Goat

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:20 PM

The Royals District experienced a slice of Vietnamese culture at the Tet Festival with more than 5,000 people coming down to Wanneroo Showgrounds. The Vietnamese community is a key demographic for the Royals District with 5,000 Vietnamese residing in the Royals District in particular the suburbs of Ballajura, Beechboro, Dianella, Maylands and Morley.

Royals Districts Program Coordinator, Scott Jones with the backing of West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) staff delivered a suite of coaching drills to kids, aged 5 to 12, utilising the West Coast Eagles handball and WAFC speed kick stations. The 2015 Tet Festival was an exciting first step for the Royals District as it seeks to increase the profile of AFL in the Vietnamese community.

The Vietnamese Association of WA, which is a strategic partner of the East Perth District Football Development Council (EPDFDC), coordinates the Tet Festival to celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year. The Tet Festival is highlighted by a kaleidoscope of different cultural activities including Vietnamese cuisine, fireworks, performances and stalls.

Royals Gallant in Defeat

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:18 PM

The Nicky Winmar Carnival saw a stunning performance by the Royals District at Bendigo Bank Stadium on the 1st March. Despite fielding an inexperienced and undersized squad, the boys in blue donned the jumper proudly under the guidance of Head Coach, Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, Assistant Coach, Matt Gray and Royals District Participation Officer, Corey Ranger.

The Nicky Winmar Carnival is designed to draw Indigenous boys, aged 13 to 15, to junior community football and subsequently WAFL Development Squads. The Royals District side conquered a swathe of sides on its quest for the crown including Peel District and Swans Pilbara.

The Royals District boys were on song early stitching up four matches by the narrowest of margins. The second half comeback specialists secured a semi-final berth against subsequent premiers Swans Metro after a sequence of spirited performances.

The cream of the Nicky Winmar Carnival squads will be selected to represent WA in the KickStart National Championships in Cairns, Queensland on the 8th to the 15th April. The Royals District is buoyant about the chances of the Royals District boys donning the black and gold in Cairns.

The Royals District is indebted to the dedicated coaching staff and the sensational support of the primary and secondary schools who donated significant resources to make it a positive experience for all players. The Royals District is now setting their sights on the 2016 Nicky Winmar Carnival by developing a transition program designed to enhance pathways for Indigenous boys aged 12 to 14.

AFL 9s Attacks the Block

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:16 PM

The Royals District is winning the battle for the streets following a massively successful AFL 9s Summer League at Beatty Park, in which more than 250 players scrapped for street cred on Wednesday nights. AFL 9s, which is proudly supported by McDonalds, is now expanding to include an Autumn Super Series on Monday Nights at Coolbinia Reserve.

McDonalds AFL 9s has been a smash hit in the Royals District, with Beatty Park setting the scene for 24 sides to go head-to-head in the Summer Super Series. Beatty Park is destined to expand its scope to a winter and summer series to claim more ground in the battle for McDonalds AFL 9s supremacy. But, Royals District isn’t stopping at Beatty Park with Ellenbrook and Perth CBD now in its sights for a potential McDonalds AFL 9s Summer Super Series.

So what is McDonalds AFL 9s and where do I sign? McDonalds AFL 9s is the AFL’s newest social product, which is defined by its high-speed and free-flowing nature. McDonalds AFL 9s is played with small-sided squads of nine players on a modified playing field. McDonalds AFL 9s also provides an inclusive environment which doesn’t contain bumping or tackling, which makes it suitable for all ages, genders and skill levels. Should you need more details about McDonalds AFL 9s, speak to Royals District Participation Officer, Corey Ranger on 0403 350 814 or do@eastperthfc.com.au

Football Paints the Town Red

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The Royals District in partnership with Chung Wah Association and the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has dipped its toe into the Chinese community with a series of AFL promotional activities at the 2015 Chinese New Year Festival at Northbridge Piazza. The massive scale cultural extravaganza, which attracts more than 70,000 people per annum, is coordinated by Chung Wah Association. Whilst it’s a common sight to see more than 100 stalls dot the streets of Northbridge amidst a swathe of lion dancers and culinary delights, 2015 saw the inclusion of a stall with a difference hosted by WAFC and West Coast Eagles staff.

Royals District Development Officer, Bronte Ryan, Participation Officer, Corey Ranger and Program Coordinator, Scott Jones, coached a smattering of kids and parents alike on the rules of the game and how to hand ball and kick through the use of AFL handball and kicking stations. Jones, Ranger and Ryan were inspired by the enthusiasm shown by kids to hone their newfound football skills and parents keen to support their kids in making their mark in junior football. The participants were supplied with footballs and posters promoting the Welcome to AFL Program in partnership with Chung Wah Association.

The Welcome to AFL Program is a bold new multicultural program conceived by the WAFC, Royals District and Chung Wah Association, which is scheduled to be delivered in Term 2 at Chung Wah Chinese School in Morley. The ground-breaking initiative, which kicks off on the 9th May and concludes on the 13th June, is designed to educate boys and girls aged 5 to 17 about the basics of AFL and the key role played by Chinese people in the evolution of the national game, namely past West Perth FC Captain and WAFL Hall of Famer, Les Fong and Western Bulldogs FC Player, Lin Jong.

The Welcome to AFL Program employs Auskick and AFL 9s to develop basic skills in the mould of inclusive games which are suited to all skill levels. Auskick and AFL 9s are non-contact products aimed at providing kids aged 5 to 9 and 9 to 17 respectively with an entrée to junior football. The program is the second plank in a long-term strategy to increase the number of Chinese AFL and WAFL supporters and subsequently develop more pathways for Chinese kids to play Auskick and junior community football at their local club. The program, which will be delivered by Royals District staff, will hopefully pave the way to participation at Morley JFC and Noranda JFC.

With a 210% increase in Perth’s Chinese population since 2001, the promotion of AFL in the Chinese community is a key strategic priority for the WAFC as it seeks to reach 200,000 participants by 2018. WAFC Community Engagement Manager, Paul Mugambwa said the strong engagement in the Chinese community during 2015 is just the tip of the iceberg. "The WAFC is excited by the potential of its partnership with Chung Wah and is looking forward to seeing the next Les Fong or Lin Jong come through the ranks at WAFL and eventually AFL level," said Mugambwa. Should you need more details about the Welcome to AFL Program, please contact Crystal Wong at Chung Wah on 9328 8657 or chungwah@chungwah.org.au

Jong Bites Into New Market

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:04 PM

In 2012 the AFL introduced their Multicultural Ambassador Program, which sought to aid in introducing the AFL to communities of cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Players chosen to be ambassadors were described by then AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou as “leaders” and worked towards “attracting new people to the AFL”. Based in Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia, 10 multicultural ambassadors were chosen to encourage multicultural communities across Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and rural areas to participate in Australian Football. In 2014, Lin Jong, the only current AFL player of East Timorese and Taiwanese descent, was chosen to become one of the five new Multicultural Ambassadors for that year.

Lin Jong was recruited by the Western Bulldogs in the 2012 Rookie Draft at pick number 9 and made his debut in round 20 of the same year. In his role as a midfielder, Jong has had a standout start to the season, averaging 19 disposals. After being selected by the Western Bulldogs, Jong received a letter from East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, congratulating him on his achievement and wishing him luck for the future. As an ambassador, Jong will be involved in participation programs in the Western suburbs of Melbourne that will include a multicultural Auskick centre, and facilitating cultural education sessions with community football clubs.

Chosen for his commitment to growing the game nationally and providing an inclusive environment for attracting people from all cultural backgrounds, Jong will be heavily involved in the Multicultural Round which will this year be held in Round 19. With multicultural players making up 15% of the players list for the 2015 season, the Multicultural Round will this year highlight the community engagement initiatives that are being undertaken by Lin Jong and his fellow ambassadors. The Multicultural Round, named ‘Many Cultures One Game’, will celebrate the passion for Australian Football that many diverse cultures share. The round also showcases the contributions many multicultural communities have made throughout the history of the game, which proves that AFL is a sport that embraces everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from.

In his role as an ambassador, Jong has a firm stance for cultural acceptance and hopes to spread a message of support for those from diverse cultural backgrounds. With the many opportunities afforded to him by the Ambassador Program, such as the Australia Post AFL Community Camp which was held back in February, Jong aims to teach the community more about embracing and accepting diversity. Jong’s commitment and natural outspoken nature on this topic makes him the perfect ambassador for the program. To find out more information on Lin Jong and his role as an Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassador, head over to afl.com.au. For more information on multicultural programs run by the WAFC, you can visit wafootball.com.au.