Magic in the Community

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Updated: February 17, 2014
Community Session 2

It has been a prosperous time for the Magic preparing for the 2014 season, engaging with the community and establishing some strong connections with local businesses. But the definite highlight would be the off field work our club has been doing that is most encouraging, in particular a community training session at Bidwill and volunteering with White Ribbon at the GWS Giants Fan Day.

The Blacktown Magic AFC were excited to bring sport back to Bidwill Park. Similar to the oval, Aussie Rules had a bit of a lull in Western Sydney over the last decade. But in the last 2 years, with the rise of the Giants and the success of the Blacktown Magic, the time is right for life to be breathed back into Bidwill Park.

Club President, John Clifford proclaimed, “We can’t wait to engage with the communities in Bidwill, and look forward to the new relationships being built over the years to come.”

The community of Bidwill embraced the Magic that Thursday night, with the locals coming out to see what was happening on their football park. Kids and adults alike got involved and had their first go at kicking an AFL ball and loved it by all accounts.

 

Community Session

 

The Magic have grown to 2 senior teams in the Sydney AFL  competition, with teams in Divisions 2 & 5. In 2013, the second year of the club, we won the Division 3 Premiership. Despite the success, the focus of the club is on building community. We have welcomed over 40 men to Aussie Rules for the very first time over the last 2 years. This will continue to grow even more in 2014. Our culture is continually shaped by the men and their families in the community, particularly influenced by our Indigenous heritage.

Brad Whale, Club Captain stated, “As a playing group, we are really excited to get involved and have a kick with the kids in the community. We’ve been working hard this pre-season, and are excited to represent Blacktown in 2014.”

The event that occurred at Bidwill Park is the first step in a long journey into the area. We want the community to feel ownership of this club, and welcome to come down and try out a new sport.

 

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On a rainy Sunday in February, GWS Giants held their official Fan Day and Guersney Presentation at Bruce Purser Oval, Rouse Hill and the Giants fans turned out in some solid numbers. White Ribbon hosted an information stand on the day and from our ongoing support, Club Treasurer and representative, Daniel Clifford, was asked to volunteer on the day.

It was a fantastic time to engage with the community for Blacktown Magic for such a great cause and the support was definitely appreciated by those at White Ribbon. In fact, the Magic were specifically mentioned in the White Ribbon Annual Report for being a great AFL community example of educating and creating the awareness of stopping violence against women amongst its members.

 

Community Session 4

 

We will be once again continuning our support for White Ribbon in 2014, hosting our annual Ladies Day. Stay tuned for further details.

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