Wednesday May 9 marked the launch of the “Eagles Cup” and “Eagles Faction Football” Primary School competitions. 100 invited guests attended the official function at Patersons Stadium. Special guest, West Coast Eagle gun forward Mark LeCras was on hand to officially the launch both programs for 2012.
The success of the Eagles Cup program is well recognized throughout the primary school education system and the standard of football and sportsmanship displayed throughout the competition is increasing each year, this is testimony to the professional level of coaching from parents, teachers and the support from all WAFC District Development Officers.
The evening also marked the launch of the “intra house” Eagles Faction Football competition for 2011. The Eagles Faction Footy program is separate to the Eagles Cup but is a feeder to it and to this extent is promoted as a different competition.
The program is open to all year groups from Year 4 to 7 involving both male and female students. In 2012 20’000 boys and girls from 200 schools will participate in the program.
The WA Football Commission in conjunction with the Primary Schools Football Advisory Council coordinates both competitions. The programs run throughout the entire state during term two and three of the primary school calendar.
Both programs continue to grow from strength to strength with the ongoing support of the West Coast Eagles Football Club, and BHP Billiton.
Clayton Anderson from WA Football Commission said one of the major challenges is to continually improve the school football environment for students.
"With this in mind and for the need not to “overload” teacher responsibilities, it is a credit to all Game Development staff, PSFAC members and AFL School Ambassadors for constantly striving to achieve these goals where values of respect, pride and responsibility prevail.
"The Eagles Cup and Eagles Faction footy programs typifies these qualities focusing on the game environment by encouraging fun and fair play," he said.