Fremantle’s Fans and Community Team recently completed its term two activities, with plenty of programs on offer for young Fremantle fans out in the community.
Take a look below at all the happenings in the community space at Fremantle across term two of the school calendar.
Zero2Hero Camp HERO Sports (Tuesday 5 July)
Fremantle AFLW stars Mim Strom and Gabby O’Sullivan joined Fremantle's Fans & Community staff to deliver a two-hour session as part of Camp HERO Sports, a dynamic three day school holiday program run by Zero2Hero.
The session involved almost 100 participants over three groups with a focus on football skills as well as resilience, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
It was the biggest Freo Footprints term yet with 140 participants registered for the Term 2 Freo Footprints program!
Participants not only got to partake in fundamental movement activities delivered through expert coaching via Fremantle's AFLW players, they also received two tickets to attend Freo's AFL win over Hawthorn in round 13.
It was also great to have Fremantle stars Michael Walters, Liam Henry and Hayley Miller visit the Future Freo Dockers across the seven weeks.
Footprints is back again for Term Three at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Cockburn ARC, Loftus Recreation Centre and LesiureFit Melville.
We are Freo - School program
The Fans & Community team were busy out in the Community delivering the 'We Are Freo' Multicultural Schools program at the Australian Islamic College in Kewdale and Our Lady of Mercy School.
The We Are Freo program has been established to ensure Australian Football and the Fremantle Dockers are a vehicle that encourages community strengthening and inclusion within the wider Australian community.
The program combines interactive classroom-based activities, online content and practical skill sessions where:
- Students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations build an understanding of the key skills, rules and language used in the game of AFL.
- Students form a connection with the Fremantle Dockers, players and staff through learning about the history of the Club and its players.
- Teachers gain the confidence to teach the game of AFL via learning resources provided by the Fremantle Dockers to deliver the sessions.
- Students participate in modified games of AFL to showcase their learning and understanding of the game in a safe and inclusive environment
The Fans & Community team are looking forward to delivering the program again in Term Three which includes a culminating Cultural Celebration gala day event at Victor George Kailis Oval. All participating schools in the We Are Freo program across Term Two and Three will be invited to the event.
Freo Footy Skills - Semi Final (Thursday 7 July)
Over 220 students descended upon Legacy Oval in early July for the annual Freo Footy Skills Semi Final event.
Freo Footy Skills is an intra-school event where teachers deliver curriculum based football activities Freo Fast Ball, Freo Kwik Kick and Freo Long Bomb during physical education sessions or at lunchtime.
The winners at each school are then invited to participate in the Semi Finals at Legacy Oval delivered in partnership by the Fremantle Dockers and the WAFC.
Congratulations to all Semi-Final winners who now progress to the Grand Final event where they will be able to showcase their skills on Optus Stadium at the curtain raiser before Fremantle's round 20 clash with Melbourne.
Freo Dockers Cup - White Division Grand Final (Tuesday 28 June)
The Fremantle Dockers were fortunate enough to host the Fremantle Dockers Year 10-12 White Division Cup at Victor George Kailis Oval in late June.
An entertaining back-and-forth game was played between Wanneroo SHS and Melville SHS, which ended in Wanneroo winning by a single point! AFLW players Mim Strom and Gabby O’Sullivan were on hand to present the winners cup and their medallions.
School Visits in Ireland
While back home in Ireland during the off season AFL Women’s player Aine Tighe visited a couple of schools who had shown their support and followed the journey of the Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s team throughout Season 6.
Second and third class students from St John’s National School Ballisodare in Sligo and Rush National School in Dublin got to experience what AFL is all about with a question and answer session where they found out all about life in Australia, followed by a practical skills session where they got to try their hand at AFL.
The students really enjoyed the experience of getting to have a kick and a handball with the AFL footy and asked plenty of excellent questions about AFL, the Fremantle Dockers and Australia.
The students showcased excellent skills and are all on board to support Freo again for the upcoming AFLW Season 7!
Police Coaching Academy
Led by Fans and Community Coaching Director Cam Shepherd, over the past six months 294 WAPOL officers were connected through the FFC Coaching masterclass which aims to upskill WAPOL graduates to see football as an avenue to build trust within the community by engagement at school or after school at a community football club.
The team also hosted 64 WAPOL Cadets over two days at Cockburn Arc and at Optus Stadium providing all attendees with a match day experience.
Regionally, Shepherd and NGA Coach Roger Hayden visited Geraldton, Merredin, Broome to connect with local police, the Clontarf Foundation and junior club members and participants.
These visits are integral to continue to build and maintain meaningful relationships in regional areas.