Top First Nations and multicultural talent comes to town

The best First Nations and multicultural Australian rules footballers from across NSW and the ACT will converge in Sydney this week as part of AFL NSW/ACT’s Youth Leadership Program.

Forty-three boys aged 13-15 years are spending three days during their school holidays learning to be better leaders while honing their football skills. They will come together from 12-14 July for an elite footy experience which will include athletic training and cultural sessions as well as a visit from some AFL heroes.

On-field sessions at the program, held at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen, will be run by elite coaches, but there will be plenty of off-field content for players to soak up. Participants will learn about mental health and wellness, strengthening and conditioning, and road safety from long-time supporter of the First Nations Youth Leadership Program, Transport for NSW.

Following the practical and theoretical training, players will get to show off their skills in a match environment, when the First Nations team takes on the Multicultural team on Saturday afternoon (13 July). This provides an opportunity for players to put their hands up for selection in the national representative sides the Boomerangs (for First Nations players) and the World Team (for multicultural players).

AFL NSW/ACT Diversity Lead, Khobi Devine, said this program is about more than footy. “The First Nations and Multicultural Youth Leadership Program has taught scores of boys and girls plenty about being great players on the field, but even more about good behaviour off it,” Ms Devine said.

“Our aim of this program is to give participants an opportunity to be the best they can be and to take what they learn during the program back to their clubs and communities, where they can be leaders among teammates and peers.

“Thank you to Transport for NSW for its continued support of this program, which provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for so many young footballers.”

First Nations representatives

Participants in the First Nations Youth Leadership Program come from across NSW and the ACT and represent Countries including Kamilaroi, Wiradjuri, Gundungurra, Gunditjmara, Dunghutti and Anawain.

Koby SchneiderLavington Panthers
Jordan ToogoodPennant Hills Demons
Oswayo Childs-HaslamNambucca Valley Lions
Charlie ColwellManly Bombers / Northern Beaches Wolves
Coen HardyMiranda / Heathcote
Emakhi MunroNambucca Valley Lions
Hayden RaveneauKillarney Vale Bombers
Talen BarnesDeniliquin Rams
Billy BroadWest Wyalong Bulldogs
Joseah DriscollOrange Tigers
Paxton FallGriffith Swans
Riley PargeterHowlong Spiders
Oliver SladeGunghalin Jets
Fletcher WoodheadMulwala
Carson BlacksmithMiranda Bombers
Alexander FarrellLake Macquarie Dockers
Zave McKiernanTerrigal Avoca
Zane WardKiama Power
Zef ClementTerrigal Panthers
Max SladeGunghalin Jets
Callum MunnsBathurst Giants
Boyd HunterOrange Tigers
Pharrell TrapmanMoore Park Tigers

Multicultural representatives

To qualify for the Multicultural Youth Leadership Program, players must have at least one parent born overseas. The following countries are among those represented in the multicultural program: Poland, Peru, Fiji, India, Egypt, South Korea and Malaysia.

Oskar CooksonQueanbeyan Tigers
Lachlan WestcottWeston Creek Molonglo Hawks
Max ColpanCanada Bay Canons
Joshua DannMiranda Bombers
Dashiel Delaney-FieldingHeathcote Hawks
Luke DuffyMaroubra Saints
Finnian HerrigGlebe Greyhounds
Alexander PiperkosEasts Bulldogs
Edward RedfernPort Macquarie Magpies
Hudson SavageNorth Shore Swans
Oto RyanPort Macquarie Magpies
Tanish PatelAinslie Football Club
Ben BoxsellCanada Bay Canons
Matai JoannouNewtown Swans
Joshua TancredMaroubra Saints
Oliver MatPort Macquarie Magpies
Xavier MatPort Macquarie Magpies
Arlo Van DonnickCanada Bay Canons
Oliver SheridanNorthern Districts Juniors
Jesiah SmithSouth West Sydney

Support from Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW has been an invaluable supporter of AFL NSW/ACT’s First Nations Youth Leadership Program since 2014 and has imparted wisdom onto many of our young leaders about the importance of road safety and developing leadership in their community by reinforcing road safety messages to help our state move towards zero road trauma by 2050.

Thank you to Transport for NSW for its ongoing support of our young and talented leaders.