Crows reach out to Far West

PARTNERSHIP: Attending the Ready Set Crow session at Yalata were Geoff Oatway, Eddie Hocking, Bob Sim, Ron Redford, Cheryl Arthur, Josh Wittwer and Andrew McLeod.

PARTNERSHIP: Attending the Ready Set Crow session at Yalata were Geoff Oatway, Eddie Hocking, Bob Sim, Ron Redford, Cheryl Arthur, Josh Wittwer and Andrew McLeod.

ABORIGINAL students on the Far West Coast are set to benefit from opportunities provided through the Ready Set Crow project, offered by the Adelaide Football Club.

Ready Set Crow aims to provide Indigenous students from remote regions, including the Far West Coast, opportunities to attend school in Adelaide and develop pathways to further education.

Adelaide Football Club chief executive officer Andrew Fagan said the club was thrilled to be able to extend its reach in the APY Lands and the Far West Coast.

“The Ready Set Crow project commenced last year as an intensive mentoring program designed to engage youth, provide support to families and students and encourage educational pursuits in partnership with the Wiltja Residential Program,” he said.

Students from Oak Valley and Yalata recently got to learn first hand about the program when representatives from Ready Set Crow and Wiltja Secondary School visited on August 30 and September 1.

Information was presented on the Ready Set Crow program and Wiltja representatives Geoff Oatway and Cheryl Arthur talked about opportunites available at the school.

SANFL Far West programs coordinator Ron Redford also organised a game of football with the Adelaide Crows representatives and Yalata Anangu School following the Yalata session.

Mr Redford said there was a lot of excitement from the students involved.

“It was great, the kids love being involved with the former Crows players,” he said.

Wiltja Secondary College has many students from the Far West Coast region.

Mrs Arthur said staff and students at Yalata and Oak Valley were behind the program 100 per cent.

“(Yalata Aboriginal elder) Mima Smart spoke in class about the Wiltja program and said it was very important for students from Yalata and Oak Valley to come down and experience Wiltja,” she said.

Mrs Arthur said she felt the Ready Set Crow program would be a real positive for children coming into the program for short term and trial visits to Wiltja as it would offer additional support and mentoring.

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