Saints U18 Girls - Fiji Football Project

The Goodwood Saints Football Club Fiji Football Project provides an opportunity for personal growth through a football-oriented development program. 

Fifteen girls and six support staff returned from Fiji after five days of service, coaching, and leadership opportunities. The girls made an outstanding contribution and commenced what is hoped to be an ongoing relationship with the Fijian community, and AFL Fiji.

The players and staff assisted in two ‘Bula-Kick sessions. The first at a Nadi School and the second at Albert Park in Suva. Over two hundred local children participated and for some… enjoyed their first introduction to AFL.

 Nadi School were presented with Bula-Kick Footballs and a large range of resources and books for their library which were collected and transported to Fiji by the team.

The teams’ focus then turned to the promotion and development of the game of Australian Rules in Fiji in association with AFL Fiji.  The first ever International Women’s AFL game was held at Albert Park, Suva on Saturday. The Goodwood Saints ran out winners in a tight and highly entertaining contest by one point over the Fijian team 5 – 3 = 33 to 5 – 2 = 32

Donations of resources to assist the continuing development of AFL in Fiji included the following items:

·       78 x synthetic footballs

·       62 x pairs new boots

·       65 x pairs second hand boots

·       28 x GSFC guernseys for a new and developing team

·       117 x Pairs Football shorts

·       73 x pair football socks

·       5 x Team Gear Carry Bags

·       10 x (various) club polo shirts

·       10 x (various) track jackets

·       5 x various track pants

·       8 x Practice leather footballs  

·       48 x Fluro training vests

·       28 x SAAFL polo shirts  

·       1 x large suitcase of women’s sanitary products and underwear

·       1 x Football medical kit with tape and strapping

Club President Craig Scott said: “It is our obligation as a sporting club to develop good citizens as well as good footballers.  The Fiji Football Project fits in perfectly with our goals and will help in developing our young girls into future leaders of our community.”

Carolyn Boyd