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Untapped football potential of north-west WA

Date posted: 20 May 2014

It has been described as the last frontier of untapped football talent - northern Western Australia (WA), where footy fields are often red dirt, and athletic ability abounds.

But so far, that talent has not translated into many high-profile careers.

A pattern has developed of young Aboriginal players relocating thousands of kilometres away to pursue their AFL dream, then finding themselves struggling to cope with the differences in culture, climate and lifestyle.

'It comes back to that recognition of culture,' said Brett Angwin, Kimberley Football Association general manager.

'There are cultural commitments that these guys have to adhere to and that impacts their ability to be long-term in the industry.'

With that in mind, a program has been created to try to nurture young talent in the bush communities of the Pilbara and Kimberley, and support those boys who move to the big smoke to pursue a career in football.

The North West Football Academy was created to try and overcome the gulfs of culture and geography.

Source: ABC Indigenous news


Last updated: 20 May 2014
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