Nathan Kickett to tour South Africa
Thursday, 7th January, 2010
Local footballer Nathan Kickett will leave for a two-week South African tour this month as a member of the 2010 Indigenous Youth Team, the Flying Boomerangs.
This is the third AFL Indigenous Youth Tour to South Africa, with players winning selection via their attendance at the Qantas AFL KickStart Camp in Melbourne last August. The Boomerangs' squad of 25 will be joined by recently retired AFL players who are now AFL Indigenous Ambassadors; Michael O'Loughlin will coach the team, while Chris Johnson and David Wirrpanda will be assistant coaches. The team will play two matches against the South African Lions and will conduct Australian Football clinics in Mafikeng and Cape Town townships. Other tour highlights include a visit to Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum, a Soweto tour including Nelson Mandela's House, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the Regina Mundi Church. AFL Foundation CEO Jason Mifsud said the tour involved both football and cultural experiences.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for these young men to develop on and off the field. The tour will also share with South Africa the AFL's experience of utilising sport as a vehicle to generate lifestyle outcomes for indigenous people and communities," Mr Mifsud explained.
The AFL has identified South Africa as the priority market for the International development of the code.
AFL South Africa now has more than 15,000 participants across four Provinces; Gauteng, North West, Kwa Zulu Natal and Western Cape.
The South African Lions came third in the 2008 International Cup tournament.