Fremantle Behind School Footy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Fremantle Dockers launched their Community Development program for 2012 this week to coincide with the beginning of the new school term.

Fremantle’s CDP was first introduced way back in 2003, the first integrated program of its kind in the AFL. Through its first eight years the program’s initiatives have engaged more than 750,000 children.

Fremantle’s CDP programs in conjunction with the WA Football Commission seek to provide an environment where primary and secondary aged school students can experience personal achievement in terms of competence, enhanced self-esteem, social cooperation, maximum participation and skill development. With a wide variety of activities on offer all students both male and female are catered for.

“Freo Skills 4 Schools” program is an integrated range of programs and activities reflecting the club’s ongoing commitment to the West Australian community. Freo Skills 4 Schools allows students the opportunity to participate in a range of fun physical activities, including Freo Fast Ball, Freo Kwik Kick and Freo Long Bomb.

“Freo Dockers Cup” has proved to be an extremely popular interschool football competition for primary aged Year 6/7 female students. The Freo Dockers Cup is played either in a one day Lightning Carnival format or a weekly round robin competition. This year will see 150 school teams participating.

“Freo Dockers Shield” is played under a “one day” lightning carnival format organized by the schools in their District/or coordinated by their WAFL District. Games are played under “AFL Junior Rules” for male students aged 11 and 12 years. Approximately 600 schools state wide will take part in 2012.

For secondary school students Freo House Footy has been an instant hit. Freo House Footy is a modified game that has strong parallels with the traditional game of Australian Football. Designed so that everyone can play, it is less physically demanding, has minimal time commitment with a major emphasis on fun and safety (non contact). The game enables students of all ages and ability levels to participate in male, female or mixed competitions. 750 teams have already registered for the program in 2012

For more program information contact Clayton Anderson Schools Competition Manager on 9381 5599

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