Aboriginal Leadership Program

Phase 1

The Aboriginal Leadership Program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal students from year’s seven to nine across Western Australian high schools.

Students participate in a series of educational workshops that aim to develop their leadership capacity including:

  • Cultural Identity
  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership
  • Nutrition
  • Aboriginal Arts & Culture

The program culminates with the annual Waalitj Cup; an exciting inter-school carnival for participating schools hosted at the West Coast Eagles facilities.

Educational content delivered within the program is closely aligned to the health curriculum and cross-curriculum priorities.

Phase 2

The second phase of the Aboriginal Leadership Program is for students in year 10 who have completed phase one of the program.

Identified leaders within their respective schools come together to further develop their leadership capabilities through intensive workshops.

This phase of the program will see students work with their peers to devise their own leadership project to be implemented in their school or local community.

For more information, please contact:

James Grabski
Schools & Community 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, 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 Diversity & Inclusion Partner BHP on board as match day sponsor for this culturally significant game.

In 2019 the Sir Doug Nicholls Round will be held at the West Coast Eagles’ Round 9 fixture against the Melbourne Demons on Friday May 17. Stay tuned for more details.

For further information regarding the Wirrpanda Foundation, please visit their website: www.wf.org.au


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.