The West Coast Eagles, in partnership with the Western Australian Football Commission, established the Naitanui Academy to enhance the development of multicultural youth by complementing their participation in community football with specialist and targeted support.
The Academy aims to fast-track the participants’ on-field skills through skill development sessions and games as well as combining education-based workshops to enhance the holistic development of each participant.
These workshops included:
- Strength & Conditioning
- Goal Setting
- GPS Data Analysis & Application
- AFL Combine Testing
- Match Review
One of the Naitanui Academy’s main aims is to provide a pathway for talented multicultural participants that inspires and motivates them to continue their participation in Australian Rules football.
AFL Multicultural Schools Program
The West Coast Eagles, in partnership with the AFL, have developed various community development and diversity initiatives designed to engage culturally and linguistically diverse populations including multicultural and Aboriginal community groups.
One of these initiatives is the AFL Multicultural Schools Program, which is an introductory Australian Rules football program. The primary objective of the program is to assist migrant and refugee communities to access and broaden their social networks through participation in sport.
West Coast Eagles Community & Game Development staff work alongside SEDA to deliver this program to highly multicultural primary schools across metropolitan Perth, thereby providing opportunities for aspiring coaches and educators to apply their skills in its delivery.
West Coast Eagles 101
West Coast Eagles 101 is an initiative designed to introduce new fans to the game of AFL and get involved with the club.
International students from Edith Cowan University are invited to attend a West Coast Eagles match, as well as hear a presentation from coaches and players where they will learn more about the game.
Participants also receive a voucher from the West Coast Eagles team store, so they can deck themselves out in club gear in preparation for their live match experience.
In 2015 West Coast Eagles 101 participants represented a vast array of countries across the globe including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, England, USA, Canada, Brunei and Denmark.