Rirratjingu Football Program member and Djarrak Football Club recruit Dale Dhamarrandji has received an early taste of the influence of the Rirratjingu Football set up with a well earned selection on the 2017 Rio Tinto Footy Means Business Program that starts tomorrow and concludes this weekend. Dhamarrandji is the second member of the program selected for Footy Means Business in two years.
Dhamarrandji will join indigenous participants from across the nation to gather in Darwin for a week of intensive workshops including Cultural Activities, Australian Defence Force Session, fitness testing, specific Australian Football content including a game and the opportunity to rub shoulders with ex-AFL stars including Geelong Premiership Player and Essendon 2016 top-up player Matthew Stokes.
Rio Tinto supports the programme offered to men aged between 18 and 24, giving a chance to gain exposure to elite AFL training, and corporate networking opportunities to strengthen their leadership and teamwork skills. Dhamarrandji is currently employed at Rio Tinto Gove Operations and is undertaking a apprenticeship as a heavy diesel mechanic.
Djarrak Football Club Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was thrilled when asked about Dhamarrandji's selection on the program. He said "Dale has a really great opportunity ahead of him. Being employed is a massive tick in the box on the Rio Tinto Footy Means Business selection criteria and Dale will be able to demonstrate to footballers in our own system that learning or earning have rewards for those that put the effort in on and off the field. He added "We had no problem nominating Dale for this experience and I know he will make the most of the opportunities presented by Footy Means Business. Our Program and Club wish him every success".
Rickard will meet with James Sebire from Indigenous Programs - Rio Tinto on Friday in order to receive an overview of Footy Means Business, and, to gauge whether there are approaches in the content that the Rirratjingu Football Program could look at adopting to add further value to the local Yirrkala set-up.
Dhamarrandji will return to the region on Sunday and he will present his experience to fellow teammates at Djarrak Football Club training on Tuesday 21 March.
Djarrak Football Club members and new players are reminded that training will begin tomorrow Tuesday 14 March at 5:00pm at Yirrkala Oval. Cameron Stokes will deliver the content and be assisted by Manager Danny Beadman.