Carnival fun marks end of footy season

Pilbara News

Four days before the AFL Grand Final, Pilbara primary schools marked the end of football season with a carnival of their own.

Clontarf Foundation ran the annual carnival in conjunction with Roebourne Primary School last Tuesday.

Mixed gender teams from Roebourne, Wickham, South Hedland, Karratha, and Pegs Creek Primary Schools met in Roebourne for a full day of games.

Wickham and Karratha Primary Schools made it to the final, with Karratha coming away victorious.

Roebourne Clontarf Academy director Greg Townsend said the carnival was based on participation and fun.

"Although we keep scores and hand out a shield, certificates, and medals, we are really looking at this carnival as a chance for all the children to interact with the Roebourne children positively," he said.

Roebourne Clontarf Academy runs a football training program at Roebourne and Wickham Primary Schools throughout the year.

The academy aims to improve the education, discipline, self- esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.

Townsend said the academy worked with Roebourne Primary School and students to implement increased standards of attendance and behaviour.

"We support the school in their endeavours to raise expectations in education in the Roebourne area," he said.

"Our program also works hard to engage boys not reaching these standards by involving them in after school activities, which we hope will improve their attendances as we go along throughout the year."

Although girls are not involved in the Clontarf program, schools were encouraged to bring mixed teams.

"We recognise the schools' and the girls' desire to get involved in football as a sport," Townsend said.

He said the carnival was a great success and hoped it would continue to run each year. "We hope to expand the number of teams competing in it as the years go by."

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