Battle of the Bridge AFL Schools Ambassador Function

Friday, March 28, 2014

By Lou McKenry
AFL Development Coordinator
Sydney North

In the game that heralded the arrival of the GWS Giants as a force to be reckoned with in the Battle of the Bridge, selected AFL School Ambassadors from the Sydney Harbour, Illawarra and Greater Western Sydney area where they were  to witness two remarkable storms the Giants romp home in a dominant final term, and one of the most spectacular lightning displays that actually resulted in an extended quarter time break due to player safety.

Held at the newly named Spotless Stadium, the AFL School Ambassadors were treated to a panoramic view of the match with some fantastic hospitality and great networking opportunities amongst their peers and the AFL NSW/ACT staff. The teachers were given the opportunity to speak directly with the AFL staff in charge of their region and to interact with the local junior AFL club presidents to further strengthen school and club ties. Our AFL Ambassadors are an especially integral cog in growing the game in the non-traditional AFL states, and its proof of their ever increasing involvement and support that we are exposing more and more children and their families to AFL, and more importantly enjoying their experience.

AFL Ambassadors are an integral part in spreading the AFL message within schools and assisting the AFL in engaging as many students as possible to be a part of our national game whether it be in class using curriculum based AFL activities, engaging in online programs such as classroom tipping, or going the more traditional route of AFL clinics being held during sports time. The AFL recognises that without the work of our teachers within the school system we would not be nearly as effective as engaging potential players, superstars and fans.  

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