Subi honours NAIDOC round

The Subiaco Lions will don their NAIDOC Indigenous Guernsey this week against West Perth at HBF Arena.

Due to the Lions bye falling on the WAFL NAIDOC week the club have decided to honour their indigenous heritage past and present against the Falcons.

Football Operations manager Luke Sanders believes it’s important to acknowledge our indigenous heritage as NAIDOC week continues to grow.

"It's vitally important for the league to acknowledge our indigenous talent. Indigenous players have great ability are an integral part of our community and the football clubs can offer them an opportunity to play at WAFL level, said Sanders 
 
Subiaco has been active in providing opportunities for indigenous players in recent years with solid intake into their Excellence Programs and the launch of the Balga Engagement Program. 

We've got a Community Development Program running through Balga high school which is coordinated by Development Officer Neil Arnold. We also have a large amount of indigenous players that are identified and transition through our development squads and colts football. said Sanders"

Subiaco currently has three indigenous players on the senior list with Jarrhan Jacky, Shane Yarran and Buddy Pickett on their roster; however the Lions have had a rich history of indigenous player such as Allistair Pickett, Antoni Grover, Des Headland and Marty Smith Jnr.

 

The goal for the club now is to grow the relationship with the indigenous community, which Sanders believes is already underway.

"We're currently working hard to engage the indigenous talent in our zones and we have a large amount of players come down to do pre-season every year so we will always offer an opportunity. Also our engagement program out of Balga has been a great success in regards to the amount of indigenous Colts players we now have in our system so hopefully that can continue."

Subiaco's NAIDOC guernsey was developed by Aboriginal Artist Richard Waller in 2006 and has been worn every year by the Lions since. The vertical stripes represent moving through the land from campsite to campsite and the jumper signifies ownership of the lands. 



 

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