Building on their established partnership, Woodside Energy is proud to expand its support for the Fremantle Dockers, becoming the official partner for the Club's Next Generation Academy (NGA) as the Club hosted a tri-fixture series for the Tendai Mzungu Squad (Under 16s) in Cockburn on Friday night. 

The fixtures involved 16-year-old boys from the Fremantle, WAFL All Stars and West Coast academies where they played two games across a three-game series at Victor George Kailis Oval under lights.

Woodside’s development in the NGA not only reinforces its position as a co-major partner of the Club but also underlines its shared mission to have a greater impact in remote communities throughout Western Australia.

The Next Generation Academy, an essential pillar of the Fremantle Dockers’ community engagement, focuses on encouraging participation and identifying talented young athletes from Indigenous and multicultural backgrounds from the FFC NGA regional zones and Perth metro areas. 

While Friday night’s tri-fixture series was one of many examples of Woodside Energy's increased involvement within the local community, the Academy is poised to extend its influence, creating more inclusive opportunities for the youth in remote areas to connect with the sport of AFL, and an increased focus on the development of the female talent pathway.

Woodside Energy CEO Meg O’Neill said the Academy is an important component of its partnership with the Club which adds to the company’s longstanding community presence in WA.

“We are proud of our renewed partnership with Fremantle and expanded support for the Next Generation Academy. It will see us continue to work alongside the Club, delivering a program that is creating valuable development and educational pathways for young people in our regional communities."

Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick welcomed Woodside Energy's increased involvement. 

"Woodside Energy's decision to become the official partner for our NGA is a testament to its belief in our Club’s vision for community and youth engagement. 

“Woodside’s enhanced support as co-major partners will be instrumental in propelling our community initiatives to new heights.

“The company’s support for the Next Generation Academy is just one aspect of its broader commitment to social investment, particularly in the areas of education and community wellbeing. 

“Together with the Fremantle Dockers, Woodside Energy is set to leave a lasting legacy that champions the spirit of Australia's beloved game and the diverse communities that make it flourish.”

For additional details on the Next Generation Academy and other collaborative community endeavours, please reach out to Wade Spilcker, NGA Manager