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Swans AFL School Ambassadors reap the rewards

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 2:07 PM by Daniel CURTIS

The Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC) held it's annual AFL School Ambassador Awards Night recently. With over 150 of the State's key school stakeholders, including representatives from the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, WAFC staff and of course a host of the best AFL School Ambassadors present.

Hosted at Domain Stadium, the AFL School Ambassador Awards look to recognise the outstounding work that a number of teachers do in their respective schools in relation to the number of programs and competitions they compete in, while also looking at innovation, relationships with local community clubs and local WAFC Game Development staff.

Across the year, there are a number of outstanding AFL School Ambassadors that would of deserved to be in the running for the  seven catergories, but after a swag of applications,only two Swans District AFL School Ambassadors were listed finalists.

Most Outstanding First Year AFL School Ambassador

Jake Davis - Eastern Hills SHS

Most Outstanding Primary AFL School Ambassador

Matt Snell - Ashfield Primary School

 

After picking up several awards with other AFL School Ambassadors in previous years, including current District Gold Ambassador, Joe Kendall, it was Eastern Hills SHS teacher, Jake Davis who came up trumps with the Most Outstanding First Year Award. Davis, in his 1st year as a Phys Ed teacher, acheived some monumental triumphs in his inaugural AFL School Ambassador year.

- First WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup team in Eastern Hills SHS history.

- Freo House Footy program including over 75 Year 8-10 Boys, this program was inclusive of attendance, behaviour and commitment to class room actions before participation, this enabled Jake to have one of the highest participating program or classes in terms of its engagement when compared to other programs or classes in the school.

- Built early relations with the local community club, Hills Rangers JFC and Swans District Development staff.

Credit to Ashfield PS Principal, Matt Snell, who once again made the Finalists group but unfortunately couldn't pull off the double act for the Swans District. Snell's acheivements in creating the Bassendean Kids program, an after hours school-based Auskick that with District support, kitted out the eager participants in Bassendean JFC t-shirts that assimiliated their connection to the local community club.

A huge thank you to all the AFL School Ambassadors within the Swans District, your support of programs, competitions and continuing to use AFL as a driver for greater participation in great game certainly doesn't go unnoticed.