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Aboriginal Leadership program

The West Coast Eagles in partnership with AGL and the Wirrpanda Foundation offer Western Australian high schools the opportunity to take part in our Aboriginal Leadership Program. 

The program is targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from years eight to 10 and is a six-session values-based leadership program, focusing on developing leadership through the topics of cultural identity, goal setting, teamwork, diabetes and alcohol.  Content is heavily aligned with outcomes of the health curriculum.

This program is delivered by presenters from the West Coast Eagles' schools and community team and the club's Indigenous Liaison Officer, Phil Narkle, in partnership with mentors from the Wirrpanda Foundation. It is an interactive education-through-sport program which aims to equip participants with valuable life skills and deliver positive health, lifestyle and educational messages.

Program structure

The Aboriginal Leadership Program is comprised of six one-hour sessions, the first five of which are held at the participating school. The sixth and final session is set aside to reward students for their participation and involves a visit to the West Coast Eagles Football Club and tour through the facilities of the "inner sanctum".

The content covered in the West Coast Eagles Aboriginal Leadership Program is heavily aligned with outcomes of the health curriculum and would be suitable to compliment your school's health program.

For more information, please contact:

James Grabski
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
(08) 9388 4575

Sir Doug Nicholls Round

The West Coast Eagles is proud to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to the AFL competition by celebrating Sir Doug Nicholls Round each year with a dedicated match.

Sir Doug Nicholls is an Australian football icon. His contribution to the code, community and culture is the great untold story of our game.

He was an elite person deeply committed to excellence and reconciliation - on and off the field. He epitomised everything we encourage and work toward with our current AFL players; the ultimate competitor on the field and the ultimate community leader off the field. The Sir Doug Nicholls’ legacy is something all Australians can be proud of – not only was he an Aboriginal leader, he was an Australian leader and his contribution changed Australian football forever.

As the club acknowledges past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander West Coast Eagles players, this match presents a unique opportunity to promote the Wirrpanda Foundation, a charity formed by past Aboriginal club great David Wirrpanda which aims to enrich the lives of young people in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Supported by BHP Billiton, the themed match each year showcases the invaluable work of the foundation in supporting WA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, as well as raising funds to enable this work to continue.

The West Coast Eagles is delighted to have Principal Community Partner BHP Billiton on board as match day sponsor for this culturally significant game.

In 2017 the Sir Doug Nicholls Round will be held at West Coast’s round 10 fixture against the GWS Giants on Sunday May 28. Stay tunes for more details.

For further information regarding the Wirrpanda Foundation, please visit their website:

Kicking Goals

The Kicking Goals program, run in conjunction with Swan Districts Football Club and BHP Billiton, is one of Australia’s largest regional based AFL mentoring programs, combining sport-based initiatives to help high school students in the Pilbara towns of Port Hedland and Newman achieve better educational and employment outcomes.

The program is a curriculum-based initiative that utilises a reward and incentive system, where students are required to maintain certain key performance indicators to stay in the program and be eligible for various incentives, including visits by West Coast Eagles players.

Every year, students from the Kicking Goals program are invited to participate in a curtain-raiser football match before a West Coast Eagles home match, as well as take part in a tour through the West Coast Eagles facilities.

The program has provided a sustainable model for community sport and recreation which in turn support the social, health and emotional wellbeing of these communities and their families.

In 2011, the Kicking Goals program received a SHAPED award from the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) in the category of Physical Initiative.

In 2013, the Kicking Goals program was the winner of the Public Relations Institute of Australia's (PRIA) WA State Award for Excellence in the category of Community Relations.