A record number of Melbourne school students will take to the field at Victoria Park for the second annual Primary Schools Challenge on Wednesday.
Over 250 students representing 18 different primary schools will descend on the iconic Melbourne venue to play in an AFL9s round-robin competition.
Securing their spot in the 2017 Primary Schools Challenge after winning their respective regional finals, schools will be divided into two divisions and battle it out for the silverware.
Established last season, the Primary Schools Challenge provides Year 5 and 6 male and female students with an opportunity to participate in a modified version of Australia’s indigenous game in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.
In addition, the fun will continue on the sidelines with a DJ set to entertain students with live music throughout the day, while students will also test their skills with a SuperKick competition.
AFL Victoria School Football Competitions Coordinator, Laura Attard said the rise in participation numbers for the Primary Schools Challenge was pleasing.
“To have a 30 per cent increase in the number of participants in the Primary Schools Challenge this year is fantastic and to see a host of new schools get involved in the concept is really pleasing,” she said.
“We had a number of players last year who had never had the opportunity to play competitive football before, so it’s great to be able to provide more students with the chance to play our national game in a fun new environment.”
The 2017 Primary Schools Challenge will kick off from 9.30am – 2.30pm at Victoria Park on Wednesday September 6.
- Hampton PS
- Park Orchards
- Belgrave South
- Mont Albert PS
- Keilor Views
- St Therese’s
- Anthony’s Primary School
- Wedge Park Primary School
- Altona PS
- Williamstown North
- Apollo Parkways Primary School
- St Martin of Tour, Rosanna
- Roxburgh Homestead PS
- Greenvale PS
- Yarraville West PS
- Christ the Priest Catholic PS