More than 60 Bendigo Senior Secondary College students from their EAL program participated in a session held by AFL Central Victoria and Netball Victoria on Tuesday 17th April.
The event was conducted at Tom Flood Sports Centre and the QEO netball courts, it’s the 5th year the session was conducted and was supported by the SEDA College students. BSSC students took part in a range of football and netball activities from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
The aim of the session was to showcase football and netball to students with a diverse background. In recent years there has been a large settling of new arrival families in Bendigo, mainly Karen people from the Thai/Burma border and Afghani people from Iran. The college offers an EAL VCAL program to support our refugee-background students who have had disrupted schooling before arriving in Australia and for whom English is not their first language. The session gave students an opportunity to make new friends whilst enjoying and learning the fundamental skills of two of Australia’s most favourite sports - Football and Netball.
AFL Central Victoria Football Development Manager Shane Koop said many of the students were trying AFL for the first time.
“It was a fantastic session, the smile on some of the students faces was uplifting” Koop said.
“The session was aimed at exposing the students to the great game of AFL, we understand football plays a significant role in connecting people within our community so an understanding of the game may assist the students settle into this great community” Koop said.
Netball Victoria Northern Region Manager Pam Ferrari said, “seeing the smiles on faces of the participants is a great outcome specially as many of the female students have not experienced sport”.
Sharni McPherson from AFL Central Victoria Netball Academy assisted in presenting warm up games, passing drills and games incorporating passing and goal shooting.