Inaugural Male Diversity Cup run and won

Last week, AFL NSW/ACT hosted the inaugural Male Diversity Cup at Gannons Park in Peakhurst.

Players from three schools – Kingsgrove High School, Chatswood High School and Granville High School – came together to form four teams, inclusive of over 70 players, with Kingsgrove High School taking out inaugural honours.

Following on from the success of the Female Diversity Cup held for the first time in 2017, the Male Diversity Cup is the first step in the AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs talent pathway. The focus of the event is to identify new talent from ‘non-traditional’ AFL schools from across the Sydney Harbour and Greater Western Sydney regions.

Upwards of 15 players were identified on the day as future talent, and have thus been invited to the AFL NSW/ACT Diversity Selection Day, to be held this Sunday, March 11. Following the testing day, a state team will be selected to compete in the National Diversity Championships All Nations squad, who will compete in Blacktown this April.

AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs Manager, Nickie Flambouras said she was pleased to have so many new players kicking around the Sherrin.

“The Male Diversity Cup is a brand new initiative, which looks to encourage athletic players from a multicultural background into our AFL talent pathways,” said Flambouras.

“It was great to see so many new skillful athletes enjoying AFL for the first time and having exceptional talents selected to take part in our AFL NSW/ACT Diversity Selection this Sunday. We wish those selected the very best of luck.”

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