Australian Rules Football in Narrabri has grown in popularity, with the Narrabri Eagles having had a strong presence in the local sporting community in recent years.
However last year the Eagles were forced to withdraw from the AFLNW competition due to a lack of numbers.
In 2018 the Eagles have been blessed with a larger roster, and have been able to field a strong team each week.
Looking to the future to help ensure that those positive numbers continue, attracting juniors to the game has been a top priority for club president Ben Maddern.
There is now a junior Auskick program which runs every Sunday.
Another area that has been targeted is the local primary schools.
Last Friday Maddern ran a clinic at the Narrabri Public School for students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
He focused on the fundamentals of the game, which included handballs, kicking, bouncing the football and the general rules of the game.
Maddern described the clinics as a success, suggesting that they helped attract more interest to the game.
“We worked with kids from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and introduced them to a few new skills over the afternoon,” Maddern said.