Tongan talent at KGV

The Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) in collaboration with the Migrant Resource Centre is fostering the football journey of seven talented players from AFL Tonga.

Glenorchy Magpies development coach Jordan West said the new overseas talent comprised four young women and three young men.

“The Tongans have brought an infectious joy into our club through their desire to learn, do their best and always have a smile on their face,” he said.

“The atmosphere around the club at training and on game day is so much greater due to their presence.”

Club president Peter Barwick said GDFC programs would become more inclusive of all genders, cultures, religions and abilities.

“We will work closely with the Migrant Resource Centre to develop more supported AFL programs for our migrant population,” he said.

“The Tongans have brought their warm pacific nation culture to our club, which is strengthening our community engagement.”

The Glenorchy Magpies senior coaches said welcoming these new players into the club had been a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

“Providing lifelong opportunities and memories for these committed young people whilst learning about their culture is proving to be a great two-way opportunity for everyone at the Glenorchy Magpies,” senior men’s coach Josh Arnold said.

“It’s been great welcoming the Tongans into our club and having them fit in seamlessly by sharing with us their culture, creating new friendships and having a lot of fun along the way.”

“Coaching these amazing people and introducing them to our way of life has been an extraordinary experience,” senior women’s coach Brieanna Barwick said.

“Their enthusiasm and love for our game has spread throughout our club allowing everyone to embrace the Tongan way, no matter win or lose, always be happy.”

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