AFL NSW/ACT Western Sydney Goal Post initiative set to continue
In a recent two day initiative by AFL NSW/ACT, local schools in Western Sydney had 12 new sets of goal posts installed, meaning local school students can now kick goals without having to travel large distances.
For the first time ever, there are now 58 venues in western Sydney which schools can access before, during and after classroom hours. This number is set to increase again with a second roll out to occur in the near future in the North West regions of Sydney.
The goal post blitz was made possible by PILA group – Preferred Goal Post Supplier to AFL NSW/ACT – who manufactured and supplied the posts and will be supplying the goals for the next roll out as well.
After the initial role out General Manager – AFL NSW/ACT Tom Harley said he’s excited to see one of the AFL’s priorities come to fruition.
“The installation of the 12 new sets of AFL goal posts is part of our vision to provide students in Sydney and NSW/ACT with an opportunity to play AFL,” Harley said.
“School footy is the best introduction people get to the game and demonstrates all of the passion, camaraderie, fun and enjoyment that is AFL football.
“In the future we hope the existing inter-school and intra-school competitions will grow bigger and the installation of these new goals posts, and others going forward, assists immensely to this becoming a reality soon.
“With more access to AFL facilities at schools, students won’t have to travel large distances to play the game and those new to the sport will also be able to give AFL a go.
“The benefits of playing sport are widespread from health, social and character development. For kids and students it is even more important that they get active and have fun and there’s no better sport to play than AFL.”
This year, there were a record 60,000 school participants who played AFL across the state and territory including the 950 teams and 15,000 students who took part in the Paul Kelly Cup.
With new programs established in the coming years including Kinderkick, AFL 9s and Youth Girls, students will have more opportunities to play AFL than ever before.
The 12 new sets of goal posts were installed at Rooty Hill High School, Plumpton Public School, Windsor High School, John Palmer Public School, Seven Hills North Public School, Toongabbie West Public School, Beresford Road Public School, Merrylands High School, Holsworthy Public School, Middleton Grange Public School, Campbelltown North Public School and Glenmore Park Public School.
Schools can apply for new AFL goal posts. PILA can give you all the advice you need and put you in contact with Mark Ayers at AFL NSW/ACT.